COVID-19

Two people in Richland Parish have tested positive with COVID-19 virus, according to the Louisiana Department of Health as of noon today. 

No person in Franklin, Caldwell, Madison or Tensas parishes has tested positive with the virus.

A 38-year-old Catahoula Parish resident, who suffered from underlying medical conditions, became the youngest known person to die of COVID-19 virus in Louisiana, March 20, according to the Louisiana Department of Heath.

At noon today, there were 1,172 cases reported and 34 deaths, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Forty-one of 64 parishes have reported cases, and 1,634 tests have been completed by the state lab. Test reported to the state were at 4,314.

On Sunday, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide “stay at home” order requiring Louisiana residents to shelter in place unless going out for essential tasks, as one of the most stringent steps yet to help stop the “community spread” of COVID-19. 

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. today and lasts until April 12.

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