Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: 34,709 COVID-19 cases, 2,440 deaths reported

Here’s a look at some of the latest information and headlines on coronavirus in Louisiana.34,709 cases across the state2,440 deaths reportedMore than 22,608 recoveredPhase one now in effectRestaurants can reopen at 25% capacityCasinos not allowed to reopen in New OrleansLarge events, groups still restrictedMasks required in indoor public settingsAccording to the Louisiana Department of Health, 34,709 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state. There have also been 2,440 COVID-19 deaths recorded.The latest numbers were released Sunday by the health department.More than 13,800 of the state’s coronavirus cases have been reported in the New Orleans metro. Of the state’s COVID-19 deaths, more than 900 have been confirmed in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.According to Sunday’s update, New Orleans now has 6,822 coronavirus cases while Jefferson Parish is reporting 7,059 cases.Click here to view more information on cases parish-by-parish.In Louisiana, there are now 1,031 patients receiving treatment for COVID-19. Of that number, the health department said 118 patients are on ventilators.More than 26,000 Louisianians have recovered from COVID-19, officials said.When it comes to testing in the state, more than 257,000 coronavirus tests have been completed and performed, according to Sunday’s update.Click here for more information on testing in the state.Stay-at-home order in Louisiana:A big Labor Day festival in south Louisiana has a seemingly unlikely title, the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and an uncertain future. The seafood industry, the oil business and festival-driven tourism all have taken a hit as the state battles the spread of coronavirus. The St. Mary Parish festival that celebrates oil and seafood is just one example of the economic triple whammy. The chairman of the board that runs the festival says no firm decision has been made yet on whether this year’s fest will go on, but other larger festivals have already canceled.Louisiana has been granted federal authority to help feed more than 611,000 students during the coronavirus pandemic. State officials announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the OK to provide the assistance for families of children in kindergarten through 12th grade who normally get free or reduced-price school meals. State public schools closed March 16. Local school systems will notify families they might be eligible for the program known as P-EBT. Those families can apply through a P-EBT portal on the Louisiana Department of Education website beginning Monday. The application deadline is June 7.Coronavirus in New Orleans:While the large gatherings and festivals New Orleans is known for aren’t set to return anytime soon, some measure of normalcy returned this weekend in the Big Easy.Phase one measures officially began Saturday in New Orleans. Most of the measures mirror those taking place across Louisiana.After weeks of shuttered businesses and houses of worship, New Orleans took its first steps to loosen restrictions in place for two months to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The loosening of restrictions began Saturday. The rest of the state took that step Friday with many businesses and houses of worship allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. New Orleans is slightly more restrictive. In addition to the 25% capacity restrictions, restaurants and other businesses such as nail salons are also required to take reservations. The city has also imposed caps designed to keep houses of worship and movie theaters at fewer than 100 people. Casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.(Click here to read more about the phase one measure)Masks are also a requirement in places like grocery stores or pharmacies. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has said that spikes or negative trends in the COVID-19 crisis would force the city to put back in place more restrictive measures on businesses.Across the country:Governors across the U.S. are navigating a balancing act as they try to reopen their economies without triggering a second spike of coronavirus cases.By now, all but two states have loosened restrictions in place to help curb the spread of the virus. Some began allowing limited gatherings, while others have allowed restaurants and some businesses to reopen their doors with caution.And while many parts of the country have expressed hope about their number of cases seemingly slowing, other states have reported hikes.There have been more than 1.4 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The U.S. death toll has surpassed 89,000 people, according to Hopkins.Click here for the latest local and national coronavirus updates.Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirusNews you can use:In need of hand sanitizer? Here’s how to make your ownIs it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? 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Here’s a look at some of the latest information and headlines on coronavirus in Louisiana.

  • 34,709 cases across the state
  • 2,440 deaths reported
  • More than 22,608 recovered
  • Phase one now in effect
  • Restaurants can reopen at 25% capacity
  • Casinos not allowed to reopen in New Orleans
  • Large events, groups still restricted
  • Masks required in indoor public settings

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 34,709 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state. There have also been 2,440 COVID-19 deaths recorded.

The latest numbers were released Sunday by the health department.

When wearing a mask or face covering:

😷 Make sure it covers from the brim of your nose to underneath your chin
🧼 Always wash your hands before and after touching your mask
🤚 Don’t touch the inside of the mask and adjust as little as possible #MaskUpLa #lagov #lalege pic.twitter.com/uVJQ0Gx7U0

— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) May 18, 2020

More than 13,800 of the state’s coronavirus cases have been reported in the New Orleans metro. Of the state’s COVID-19 deaths, more than 900 have been confirmed in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

According to Sunday’s update, New Orleans now has 6,822 coronavirus cases while Jefferson Parish is reporting 7,059 cases.

Click here to view more information on cases parish-by-parish.

In Louisiana, there are now 1,031 patients receiving treatment for COVID-19. Of that number, the health department said 118 patients are on ventilators.

More than 26,000 Louisianians have recovered from COVID-19, officials said.

When it comes to testing in the state, more than 257,000 coronavirus tests have been completed and performed, according to Sunday’s update.

Click here for more information on testing in the state.

Stay-at-home order in Louisiana:

A big Labor Day festival in south Louisiana has a seemingly unlikely title, the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and an uncertain future.

The seafood industry, the oil business and festival-driven tourism all have taken a hit as the state battles the spread of coronavirus.

The St. Mary Parish festival that celebrates oil and seafood is just one example of the economic triple whammy.

The chairman of the board that runs the festival says no firm decision has been made yet on whether this year’s fest will go on, but other larger festivals have already canceled.

Louisiana has been granted federal authority to help feed more than 611,000 students during the coronavirus pandemic.

State officials announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the OK to provide the assistance for families of children in kindergarten through 12th grade who normally get free or reduced-price school meals. State public schools closed March 16.

Local school systems will notify families they might be eligible for the program known as P-EBT.

Those families can apply through a P-EBT portal on the Louisiana Department of Education website beginning Monday. The application deadline is June 7.

Coronavirus in New Orleans:

While the large gatherings and festivals New Orleans is known for aren’t set to return anytime soon, some measure of normalcy returned this weekend in the Big Easy.

Phase one measures officially began Saturday in New Orleans. Most of the measures mirror those taking place across Louisiana.

The #NOPD wants to remind citizens that in phase one of reopening— gathering should still be limited to a household size. Please keep this in mind as go into the businesses that are allowed to open. Also, please remember to wear a mask when you do go into public spaces. pic.twitter.com/Gym6svLKTq

— NOPD (@NOPDNews) May 17, 2020

After weeks of shuttered businesses and houses of worship, New Orleans took its first steps to loosen restrictions in place for two months to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The loosening of restrictions began Saturday.

The rest of the state took that step Friday with many businesses and houses of worship allowed to reopen at 25% capacity.

New Orleans is slightly more restrictive.

In addition to the 25% capacity restrictions, restaurants and other businesses such as nail salons are also required to take reservations.

The city has also imposed caps designed to keep houses of worship and movie theaters at fewer than 100 people.

Casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.

(Click here to read more about the phase one measure)

Masks are also a requirement in places like grocery stores or pharmacies.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell has said that spikes or negative trends in the COVID-19 crisis would force the city to put back in place more restrictive measures on businesses.

Across the country:

Governors across the U.S. are navigating a balancing act as they try to reopen their economies without triggering a second spike of coronavirus cases.

By now, all but two states have loosened restrictions in place to help curb the spread of the virus. Some began allowing limited gatherings, while others have allowed restaurants and some businesses to reopen their doors with caution.

And while many parts of the country have expressed hope about their number of cases seemingly slowing, other states have reported hikes.

There have been more than 1.4 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The U.S. death toll has surpassed 89,000 people, according to Hopkins.

Click here for the latest local and national coronavirus updates.

Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus

News you can use:

In need of hand sanitizer? Here’s how to make your own

Is it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? How to tell the difference

Here’s how to safely exercise outside during the coronavirus outbreak

Productive and entertaining activities you can do from inside your home

A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads

How to manage OCD and anxiety amid the coronavirus

How to clean your car for coronavirus

Coronavirus: 4 ways to care for dry hands during regular washing

How to work from home without losing your sanity

How to stop touching your face all the time, according to experts

How to properly clean your keyboard, which is one of the germiest places you touch daily

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