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Since the first report of a positive coronavirus case in Louisiana, the state has become a hot spot for the spread of the virus. Louisiana has 21,016 confirmed cases, and 884 reported deaths. The virus is in all 64 parishes.

Governor John Bel Edwards says mitigation measures, such as the stay-at-home order, are helping flatten the curve, but they must remain in place to eliminate the virus.

Within the state, LSU has seen a lot of changes in the past month between canceling study abroad trips, moving to online classes and postponing graduations. Many students have moved back home and are adjusting to a new normal.

Below is a timeline detailing the journey of coronavirus in the LSU community and Louisiana.

March 6, 2020                                                            

  • LSU cancels all study abroad trips through Aug. 17, 2020amid coronavirus concerns. 

March 9, 2020

  • First coronavirus case is confirmed in Louisiana. The patient is a Jefferson Parish resident.

March 11, 2020

  • The World Health Organization declares coronavirus a pandemic.
  • LSU restricts all fans from attending sporting events.  
  • A New Orleans retirement home, Lambeth House reports 3 residents with coronavirus. 

March 12, 2020

  • LSU Interim President Tom Galligan announces that all classes will be moved to an online format starting March 30.  

March 13, 2020

  • Louisiana postpones the Democratic presidential primary scheduled for April 4. The primary was tentatively rescheduled for June 20, 2020. 
  • Lambeth House reports 8 coronavirus cases.
  • Governor John Bel Edwards closes all Louisiana public schools starting March 16. 

March 14, 2020

  • Louisiana reports first coronavirus related death. The victim was a 58-year-old Orleans Parish patient. 

March 15, 2020

  • Louisiana reports second coronavirus related death. 

March 16, 2020

  • Louisiana has 136 confirmed coronavirus cases. 
  • Governor John Bel Edwards’ announces that all Louisiana casinos, bars and movie theatres will close. Restaurants will remain open but only for takeout and delivery.
  • Louisiana reports third coronavirus related death.

March 17, 2020

  • Louisiana reports fourth coronavirus related death. 

March 18, 2020

  • Lambeth House reports two deaths related to coronavirus. 

March 20, 2020

  • LSU confirms its first coronavirus case. A graduate student tested positive for the virus. 

March 22, 2020

  • Governor John Bel Edwards issues a stay-at-home order to begin March 23 at 5 p.m.
  • LSU Interim President Tom Galligan announces that campus will close with the exception of essential personnel and students approved to stay in on-campus housing on March 23 at 5 p.m. in accordance with the stay-at-home order. 
  • 850 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths in Louisiana.

March 23, 2020

  • Second confirmed coronavirus case reported by LSU. 

March 24, 2020

  • Governor John Bel Edwards gets a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana approved by President Trump. 
  • LSU Interim President Tom Galligan announces that the May commencement ceremonies would be postponed.

March 26, 2020

  • Third confirmed coronavirus case reported by LSU.  

March 27, 2020

  • Louisiana has 2,746 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 119 deaths.
  • Former LSU football player and track star Orlando McDaniel dies of complications from the coronavirus at the age of 59.

March 28, 2020

  • Former LSU track and field athlete Pearson Jordan dies of the coronavirus at age 69.

April 2, 2020

  • Governor John Bel Edwards extends the stay-at-home order through April 30. 
  • LSU announces that all intersession and summer classes will be in an online format. 

April 3, 2020

  • Louisiana reports 10,297 confirmed coronavirus cases.

April 7, 2020

  • The confirmed cases at LSU jumps to 14.
  • Louisiana reports 14,867 coronavirus cases and 512 deaths.
  • Louisiana ranks first in number of coronavirus tests completed per capita in the country.  

April 8, 2020

  • LSU implements an optional Pass/ No credit for spring 2020 classes. 

April 11, 2020

  • Louisiana has 20,014 confirmed coronavirus cases and 806 deaths. 

April 13, 2020

  • Louisiana has 21,016 confirmed coronavirus cases and 884 deaths. 
  • Governor John Bel Edwards announces that all Louisiana public schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

April 14, 2020 

  • Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana reported the highest number of deaths in a 24 hour period. The number of deaths was 129. 

  • Gov. Edwards says todays test count was 10,331. This is the largest number of tests Louisiana has administered in a 24 hour period.

  • Gov. Edwards announced that the June 20, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary election is postponed to July 11, 2020. The July 25, 2020 election is postponed until August 15, 2020.