13 coronavirus cases now reported in 6 Louisiana Parishes. Public Health Emergency declared for Louisiana.

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As of 6 pm Wednesday (Mar. 11), Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a “Public Health Emergency” for the state of Louisiana.

The Governor says there are 13 “presumptive positive” cases of the coronavirus in six parishes.

According to New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, 10 of the cases are in Orleans Parish. Three of the affected patients are residents of the upscale retirement center, Lambeth House.

The six parishes with presumptive positive coronavirus cases are:

  • Orleans
  • Jefferson
  • St. Tammany
  • Lafourche
  • Iberia
  • Caddo

Governor Edwards said Louisianians should expect more cornonavirus cases, and more cancellations of major events. All St. Patrick’s Day parades in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are cancelled.

“These choices are tough,” said Edwards, “but they will be made with public health and safety in mind.”

We will continue to update this story with information as it becomes available.


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