The first case of COVID-19 in Louisiana was reported Monday by the state’s Department of Health. The agency says the case is considered “presumptive” until it is officially confirmed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Governor John Bel Edwards confirmed the information at the start of Louisiana’s legislative session. “While today is the first time that we can confirm that we have a presumptive positive coronavirus case, Louisiana has been preparing for this moment for many weeks,” Edwards said. “The CDC still believes the risk to the general public is low, but we will work quickly and decisively to assess the risk to those around this patient.”
The Louisiana Department of Health has reported Louisiana’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, a Jefferson Parish resident who is hospitalized in Orleans Parish. #lagov #lalege— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) March 9, 2020
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The patient is identified as a Jefferson Parish resident who has been hospitialized at a VA medical center in Orleans Parish.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a press conference the city is ready and prepared to handle the virus. A handful of protesters briefly interupted the conference chanting, “If we work sick, you get sick.” The protesters identified themselves as local hospital workers who said they do not receive sick days.
Cantrell says the city has no plans to cancel the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Such is not the case in Boston, MA. “Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for 3/15/20, is being cancelled,” Mayor Marty Walsh stated on a Twitter post. “This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy.”
Massachusetts health officials say the official number of coronavirus cases in their state is at 41.
Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, scheduled for 3/15/20, is being cancelled. This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy. pic.twitter.com/JzO9v4LZHH— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 9, 2020
According to Worldometers, a website that is tracking virus statistics, the U.S. currently has 729 known cases of coronavirus. Twenty-seven Americans have succumbed to the disease, while 15 have been deemed fully recovered.