May 5 Coronavirus Update: Louisiana cases reach 29,996 with 2,042 deaths


NEW ORLEANS – More than 2,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health released the latest numbers at noon today.

The total number of cases statewide reached 29,996.

The latest tally sets the death total at 2,042.

Of the 29,996 cases in Louisiana right now, 1,512 of those infected people are currently hospitalized, and 194 of those patients are currently on ventilators.

LDH believes more than 20,000 Louisianans have recovered from the coronavirus.

Orleans Parish now has 6,575 confirmed cases, with 453 deaths, while Jefferson Parish now has 6,491 cases and 381 deaths.

The pair of metro parishes have led the state with the highest numbers of cases and deaths since almost day one of the coronavirus crisis in Louisiana.

The next update will come on Wednesday at noon.


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