coronavirus

UPDATE- Governor Edwards announced Tuesday morning that two more presumptive cases of the virus have been reported by the Louisiana Department of Health, bringing the total to three in the state. 

Gov. Edwards said, "It is important that the public take measures to protect their health and reduce the spread of illness, including avoiding going out in public when you are sick, washing your hands, social distancing and disinfecting commonly used surfaces."

All three of the presumptive cases are located in the New Orleans area. Gov. Edwards expects more cases to appear in Louisiana.

"We expect to see more presumptive positives in the coming days and weeks and I am asking all Louisianans to remain vigilant as we work to contain the spread of this and other illnesses," he said. 

BATON ROUGE- The first "presumptive" case of coronavirus in Louisiana was reported by the Louisiana State Health Department Monday afternoon.

This is the only known case of the virus in Louisiana at this time. It will be considered "presumptive" until confirmed by the Center for Disease Control.

Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the case in an open legislative session Monday and in a tweet. He said that the patient is a resident of Jefferson Parish and is currently hospitalized in Orleans Parish.

Governor Edwards recently established a task force to create plans specifically for different scenarios involving the spread of coronavirus.

An epidemiology team will begin an investigation into people who have recently had close contact with the patient, and the Office of Public Health will administer tests to see if those people have been infected.

Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes symptoms can appear in two to 14 days after exposure.

The general public can call the coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday if they have questions regarding the virus.