While many have felt trapped inside their own homes for over a month because of COVID-19, Louisiana residents are beginning to see a flicker of light at the end of this long tunnel. However, the light will only get brighter if we continue to practice safety guidelines handed down by representatives on the federal and state levels.
As of Sunday, May 10, Louisiana had 31,600 reported cases of coronavirus according to the state's Department of Health. The total number of deaths in Louisiana has reached 2,213 due to the pandemic.
Washington Parish had 337 reported cases and 26 deaths as of Sunday, May 10.
According to the Department of Health, the date of onset for COVID-19 patients peaked on March 26 (1,244 cases). There has been a steady decline in reporting new cases since that date with some days spiking to higher numbers. Hospitalizations for people testing positive for COVID-19 peaked on April 13 at 2,134 cases.
Ventilator usage peaked at 571 cases on April 4. Both hospitalizations and ventilator usage have shown a gradual decline in Louisiana with more of a plateau in recent days.
Statewide, there were over 400 cases of patients on ventilators two weeks ago and the number has dropped to the mid to upper 200’s in the last few days.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards earlier extended his stay-at-home and business closure orders until May 15. The governor will announce on Monday, May 11, whether or not he will extend the stay-at-home order beyond May 15. If he does not extend it, then many closed businesses are expected to re-open, and many people who have been staying at home can go back to wrok.
The Governor, President Donald Trump, medical personnel and others have continued to remind citizens that they need to continue to treat this virus seriously to continue the downward curve. Washing hands often, practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone else, disinfecting commonly touched areas such as countertops and doorknobs and staying at home will continue to help reduce COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone wear a mask or some type of face covering if they must go out. This protects others from getting the coronavirus from someone who may have it unknowingly. If you don't want to wear a mask, do it for others, such as the elderly and those who are immunocompromised. All guidelines and recommendations are put in place to help speed up the reduction of cases and continue to keep everyone safe and healthy.