Andrew Capps
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Published 2:09 PM EDT Jun 11, 2020

Louisiana identified 442 new cases of coronavirus Thursday as much of the state continues to see dozens of new cases reported each day, while 19 additional deaths were reported statewide.

Thursday’s 442 new cases were identified among 9,553 newly reported tests, just above the state’s average of about 8,300 tests a day in the past week, marking a 4.6% positivity rate Thursday compared to 5% in the past week.

Louisiana has averaged 414 new infections a day in the past seven days, putting Thursday’s increase above the state’s trend of steady growth in cases, which have come in large part from the Monroe area.

The 12-parish Monroe region has averaged 92 new cases a day since June 4 totaling 647 new cases in the past seven days. Gov. John Bel Edwards has pointed to the Monroe region as an area of continued concern for the virus’ spread. 

The state’s average of 414 new cases a day since June 4 marks an increase over the state’s trajectory during the earlier phases of reopening. The state averaged 392 new cases of the virus each day in the second half of May.

The state’s daily increase in reported cases has decline dramatically since peaking at over 2,700 cases reported in a single day on April 2.

Nineteen deaths from the virus were reported on Thursday, above the state’s daily average of 14 in the last seven days.

New cases and deaths Thursday put the state at 2,874 lives lost to the virus and 44,472 total confirmed infections, while the state Health Department estimates just under 34,000 patients have recovered.

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The Monroe region again added the largest number of new cases across the state Thursday at 91, giving it the second highest rate of infections per capita, behind only the hardest-hit New Orleans area, which follow Monroe with 79 new cases Thursday.

But the difference in populations between those two regions means that the Monroe area added almost three times as many cases per capita Thursday as the New Orleans region.

Thirty-nine of the Monroe region’s 91 new cases Thursday came from Ouachita Parish, while 28 came from Madison Parish. The 12-parish region has combined for more than 90 new cases a day for three days in a row as of Thursday.

The eight-parish Alexandria region, which Edwards also pointed to as an area of problematic spread, saw the third largest increase in cases Thursday at 69, with Rapides Parish accounting for 67 of those new cases.

Deaths from COVID-19 in the Central Louisiana region have also ballooned in the past seven days, growing by 85% since June 4 to reach 65 lives lost there, mostly in Rapides Parish.  

In the past week, the Monroe area has identified more cases of coronavirus than any other part of the state, with its 647 new cases since June 4 amounting to double the number found in every other part of the state except New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Hospitalizations and ventilator use for COVID-19 rose on Thursday, as the number of patients statewide climbed to 553 while five more patients were put on ventilators, putting the state at 77.

Thursday’s new cases mark a 1% increase over Wednesday’s total, and its additional deaths reflect a 0.7% increase.

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