COVID-19 Update - 4/1/2020
Please go to http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/ for official information on Positive Test Results and locations. It is updated 12 noon daily. LDH officials’ latest report: As of last report there are 60 of 64 parishes reporting with 5,237 cases of COVID-19 and 239 deaths across the state. SEE END OF REPORT FOR PARISH INFO.
22 case(s) 4 death(s) under investigation to determine the “home of record/residency” to list them properly.
Reported COVID-19 Patients in Hospitals 1,355 (438 of those on ventilators)
Tests Completed – 3,469 by State Lab; 35,498 Commercial Tests Completed and Reported to State
59 of 64 Parishes with Reported Cases
The number of cases worldwide continues to climb. According to health officials, there have been 862,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 178,836 people have recovered, and 42,404 people have died. Italy, Spain, Britain and France also suffered their deadliest days as the pandemic continues to spread.
In the U.S., the country has seen a grim new record number of coronavirus deaths in a single day: At least 865 people lost their battles with the COVID-19 disease on Tuesday. Those fatalities put America's death toll over 4,000 with 189,633 cases on Wednesday morning. While the top government scientists battling the coronavirus estimated Tuesday that the deadly pathogen could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, in spite of the social distancing measures that have drastically limited citizens’ interactions and movements. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, and Dr. Deborah L. Birx, who is coordinating the coronavirus response, displayed the grim projection at a White House news conference and then joined President Trump in pledging to do everything possible to reduce the numbers even further. President Trump officially called for another month of social distancing and warned that “this is going to be a very painful, very painful two weeks” — even as he added that Americans would soon “start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel.” “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We’re going through a very tough few weeks,” Mr. Trump said, later raising his two weeks to three. Economically, the clamor for corporate funding is raising concerns about a financial reckoning reminiscent of 2008. In a single week in March, as financial markets convulsed and major parts of the economy began shutting down, banks made over $240 billion in new loans to companies — twice as much in new lending as they would ordinarily extend in a full year.
Across the nation there is a #Filmyourhospital Media Movement being advertised. The first advisory came from Mesa PD, Arizona. This movement may result in disruption and/or law enforcement response. #Filmyourhospital is a global social media movement designed to prove the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax or "false flag." Adherents are encouraged to openly confront hospital staff, while filming, and demand to see evidence of the pandemic. The videos are then uploaded to social media. Based on descriptions from around the country, #Filmyourhospital adherents act very similar to "First Amendment Auditors" and social media agitators in that they will ignore requests to leave, and will often accuse hospital staff of engaging in a conspiracy. Their behavior may require a response from onsite security or even law enforcement. It is recommended that healthcare facilities review campus security plan, trespass signs and warnings, and protocols for handling disruptive subjects. Additionally, hospital staff should be aware of their surroundings when traveling to and from their worksite and parking areas. Everyone is advised to call 911 if they perceive an immediate threat.
The U.S. federal prison system will move to a heightened state of lockdown as it fights the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced on Tuesday. Beginning Wednesday, inmates will be confined to their cells for a two-week period, with exceptions for certain programs and services like mental-health treatment and education. Limited group gatherings - like access to prison stores, laundry, showers, and the telephone - will be "afforded to the extent practical," the agency said. The strict protocols come just days after the first coronavirus death in the federal prison system at a Louisiana prison over the weekend. A San Diego, California, prison worker at the Otay Mesa Detention Center has tested positive for the coronavirus. The confirmation comes the same day California officials announced the state would grant an early release to 3,500 non-violent offenders who are due to be released in the next 60 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The White House announced that there are almost 10,000 ventilators being "held back" from distribution because they believe a surge of cases is imminent, and it may be difficult to get equipment back from states and redistributed once they have been issued to hospitals.
TEXAS: The governor's office issued a state-wide executive order on Tuesday requiring all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The executive order, called "Essential Services and Activities Protocols," is essentially a stay-at-home order, and goes into effect on April 2 and will end on April 30. In the Houston area, the number of cases climbs to 1267 with 13 deaths. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extended the week-long “Stay Home, Work Safe” order to continue till April 30. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is extending all Texas school closures through May 4 in order to continue to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The governor announced the executive order from Austin Tuesday, saying it would bring the state in line with the federal guidance urging social distancing that President Donald Trump announced Monday would now run through the end of the month.
SOUTH CAROLINAs’ governor's office issued an order Tuesday closing down all non-essential businesses in South Carolina. The order will apply to thousands of businesses across the state starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and lasting 15 days.
MAINEs’ governor's office on Tuesday issued a stay-at-home order for all Maine residents and visitors. The statewide restrictions go into effect at midnight Thursday and will run through April 30.
NEVADAs’ governor's office issued a travel advisory urging visitors or returning Nevadans to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days after arriving or returning to Nevada. The office is also strongly urging Nevadans to avoid non-essential travel during this time period as well, especially to places where the CDC has issued travel advisories.
MASSACHUSETTs' governor's office extended the state's stay-at-home advisory through May 4.
Additionally, the White House approved a disaster declaration for the state of Ohio.
CDC recommends that older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to the following destinations: Global Outbreak Notice (Level 2 Travel Health Notice)
The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforceexternal icon) have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedule. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.
The US State Department has issued a “Do Not Travel” health advisory. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.
The coronavirus pandemic is “an unprecedented test” unlike anything in the past 75 years, António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, said on Wednesday. “Covid-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” Mr. Guterres said as the agency released a new report on the social and economic impacts of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. The U.N. report calls for a coordinated, international response amounting to at least 10 percent of global G.D.P. to ramp up health care spending and cushion the blow to people around the world who have been hurt by the sharp economic downturn.
Spain has now seen more than 100,000 positive confirmed Covid-19 cases since the outbreak began and the Wednesday fatality figure once again exceeds 800 for a total of 8464 deaths.
In Italy, the Minister for Health, Roberto Speranza confirmed this morning that the lockdown in the nation will continue through to Easter Monday (13 April). Italy has seen over 105,790 positive cases and more than 12,400 fatalities since the outbreak of Covid-19.
In the U.K., Britain is aiming to increase the number of tests for coronavirus to 25,000 a day by the middle of the month from its present capacity of 12,750 a day, explained housing minister Robert Jenrick on Wednesday. The U.K. is beginning to test medical staff in additional to patients in hospital. While a coronavirus app that alerts people if they have recently been in contact with someone testing positive for the virus "could play a critical role" in limiting lockdowns, scientists advising the government have said. The location-tracking tech would enable a week's worth of manual detective work to be done in an instant, they say. But the academics say no-one should be forced to enroll - at least initially. UK health chiefs have confirmed they are exploring the idea. "NHSX is looking at whether app-based solutions might be helpful in tracking and managing coronavirus, and we have assembled expertise from inside and outside the organization to do this as rapidly as possible," said the tech-focused division's chief Matthew Gould. To date, the UK has 25,499 cases with 1789 associated deaths.
In Iraq, authorities announced the extension of the ongoing nationwide curfew, first implemented on Tuesday, March 17, through to Sunday, April 19, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It seems likely the closure of airspace will be extended in tandem with this position although this is yet to be confirmed. While many provinces established curfews, the decision applies to the entire country. The country's airports are closed, as are schools, universities, religious sites, and other gathering places. International flights have been banned since Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. In Baghdad, a travel ban prohibiting any travel into or out of the city, first implemented on Tuesday, March 17, will be extended until 23:00 (local time) on March 28. It is unclear whether this will be extended under the aforementioned extension. Authorities in Basra announced a complete curfew in the city as of Tuesday, March 31, at 20:00 (local time), which also applies to the oil and electricity sectors, as well as to port operations. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) extended public holiday dates as the number of confirmed cases in the region rose by three to 128 on Saturday, March 29. All government offices, ministries, departments, universities, institutes, and public and private schools will be closed until Thursday, April 16. The holiday does not apply to security and health sector employees. The movement curfew will also be extended to April 16. As of Wednesday, April 1, there are 720 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 50 associated deaths and 170 recoveries.
In the UAE, all permits granted for essential travel during curfew hours have been suspended amid tightening coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention measures. The permits were previously granted for travel during the ongoing stay-at-home nationwide curfew until Sunday, April 5, designed to curb the COVID-19 spread. Fines for those that do not comply entered into effect as of Monday, March 30. As such, all movement between 20:00 and 06:00 (local time) will remain restricted; public transportation will be suspended during curfew hours. Employees of certain sectors are exempt, including police, the army, and medical staff. Those found in violation of the curfew may be subject to fines. Those who leave their homes outside of curfew hours without legitimate or pre-approved reason will face fines of USD 544. Those violating the curfew could be fined up to USD 13,600. Following this period, measures implemented on Wednesday, March 25, closing commercial centers, malls, and open markets for two weeks, will likely resume. Restaurants were ordered to exclusively offer take-out services. In addition, all international flights will be suspended for the same period. Restrictions to movement will be implemented in Dubai's al-Ras beginning Tuesday, March 31, for two weeks for disinfection to curb the COVID-19 spread. Those who do not reside in the area will not be permitted to travel there during this time. The Al Ras, Palm Deira, and Baniyas Square metro stations will be closed. Media reports indicate that the Dubai Health Authority will provide all essential goods and supplies for residents in the area during that period. As of Monday, March 30, fines will go into effect nationwide for those that do not comply with stay-at-home orders designed to curb the COVID-19 spread. Those who leave their homes outside of curfew hours without legitimate or pre-approved reason will face fines of USD 544. Those violating the curfew, between 20:00 and 06:00 (local time), could be fined up to USD 13,600. These fines apply to the a nationwide curfew in place until Sunday, April 5, while a general sterilization campaign is held to control the spread of COVID-19. As such, all movement between 20:00 and 06:00 will remain restricted; public transportation will be suspended during curfew hours. Employees of certain sectors are exempt, including police, the army, and medical staff. Those found in violation of the curfew may be subject to fines. Following this period, measures implemented on Wednesday, March 25, closing commercial centers, malls, and open markets for two weeks, will likely resume. Restaurants were ordered to exclusively offer take-out services. In addition, all international flights will be suspended for the same period. As of Wednesday, April 1, there are 664 COVID-19 cases in the UAE, including six deaths and 61 recoveries.
In India, the government has imposed the world’s largest lockdown, putting 1.3 billion people essentially under house arrest, ordering them not to leave their homes unless vitally necessary. Hundreds of thousands of migrant laborers have fled cities, marching hundreds of miles to their villages in long lines. India has reported around 1,600 coronavirus cases, relatively low compared with other countries. But many Indians fear that their weak public health system will be overwhelmed if cases begin to multiply. Some public health professionals say there are likely many more cases that have not been detected because of limits on testing.
In Australia, the Fair Work Commission has proposed giving workers two weeks of unpaid leave without their employer’s permission if they need to self-isolate. The commission has also provisionally ordered that workers on 103 modern awards - covering such sectors as hospitality, clerical, retail and cleaning - should be given greater flexibility to take accrued annual leave at half pay. “By addressing the ‘regulatory gap’ the new entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave will enable more people to remain in employment,” the full bench said. “The proposed entitlement will also support the important public policy objective of encouraging those who should self-isolate to do so and thereby limit the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces, allowing businesses to continue to operate.” The Morrison government has announced a $130bn support package with a new jobkeeper payment – a wage subsidy to keep Australians in work. The federal government will pay eligible employers $1,500 per fortnight for each eligible worker, about 70% of the national median wage. Jobkeeper is about $400 a fortnight more than the $1,100 JobSeeker payment with the coronavirus supplement for those out of work.
In order to receive a payment, both the employer and employee must meet eligibility criteria. Eligible employers are businesses (including companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders), not-for-profits and charities:
- With a turnover of less than $1bn that have lost 30% or more of their revenue compared to a comparable period a year ago.
- With a turnover of $1bn or more and with at least a 50% reduction in revenue compared to a comparable period a year ago.
Australia has 4862 confirmed cases with 21 deaths.
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations. Most foreign nationals who have been in one of these countries during the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States.
LOUISIANA PARISH ROLLUP 311200MAR20
Orleans - 1,834 case(s) | 101 death(s) | 1,533 state tests | 5,255 commercial tests
Jefferson - 1,193 case(s) | 57 death(s) | 520 state tests | 1,943 commercial tests
Caddo - 242 case(s) | 7 death(s) | 121 state tests | 7,158 commercial tests
East Baton Rouge - 228 case(s) | 9 death(s) | 281 state tests | 2,721 commercial tests
St. Tammany - 220 case(s) | 4 death(s) | 143 state tests | 1,161 commercial tests
Ascension - 161 case(s) | 6 death(s) | 26 state tests | 1,028 commercial tests
Lafayette - 118 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 73 state tests | 3,642 commercial tests
St. John the Baptist - 104 case(s) | 12 death(s) | 4 state tests | 20 commercial tests
St. James - 77 case(s) | 4 death(s) | 60 state tests | 142 commercial tests
Lafourche - 74 case(s) | 2 death(s) | 97 state tests | 585 commercial tests
St. Bernard - 71 case(s) | 2 death(s) | 4 state tests | 149 commercial tests
St. Charles - 71 case(s) | 6 death(s) | 1 state tests | 51 commercial tests
Calcasieu - 65 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 71 state tests | 1,619 commercial tests
Bossier - 63 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 25 state tests | 1,054 commercial tests
Rapides - 58 case(s) | 3 death(s) | 60 state tests | 646 commercial tests
Ouachita - 57 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 99 state tests | 1,014 commercial tests
Terrebonne - 40 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 62 state tests | 170 commercial tests
Acadia - 39 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 5 state tests | 123 commercial tests
Plaquemines - 37 case(s) | 2 death(s) | 2 state tests | 40 commercial tests
Iberia - 36 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 51 state tests | 172 commercial tests
Iberville - 35 case(s) | 3 death(s) | 1 state tests | 54 commercial tests
St. Martin - 32 case(s) | 3 death(s) | 0 state tests | 69 commercial tests
St. Landry - 31 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 21 state tests | 2,411 commercial tests
De Soto - 30 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 7 state tests | 26 commercial tests
Washington - 28 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 40 state tests | 129 commercial tests
Tangipahoa - 25 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 6 state tests | 316 commercial tests
Livingston - 23 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 1 state tests | 135 commercial tests
St. Mary - 22 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 6 state tests | 96 commercial tests
Assumption - 20 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 6 state tests | 65 commercial tests
Avoyelles - 19 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 1 state tests | 28 commercial tests
Webster - 17 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 8 state tests | 277 commercial tests
Allen - 15 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 5 state tests | 44 commercial tests
West Baton Rouge - 13 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 0 state tests | 17 commercial tests
Lincoln - 12 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 10 state tests | 153 commercial tests
Evangeline - 10 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 6 state tests | 58 commercial tests
East Feliciana - 9 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 5 state tests | 16 commercial tests
Union - 9 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 3 state tests | 12 commercial tests
Claiborne - 8 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 4 state tests | 21 commercial tests
Vermilion - 8 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 3 state tests | 116 commercial tests
Pointe Coupee - 7 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 5 state tests | 50 commercial tests
Bienville - 6 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 3 state tests | 6 commercial tests
Beauregard - 5 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 53 commercial tests
Franklin - 5 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 9 state tests | 61 commercial tests
Jefferson Davis - 5 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 13 state tests | 221 commercial tests
West Feliciana - 4 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 5 state tests | 76 commercial tests
Catahoula - 3 case(s) | 1 death(s) | 1 state tests | 6 commercial tests
Concordia - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 19 commercial tests
Jackson - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 13 state tests | 277 commercial tests
Vernon - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 173 commercial tests
Grant - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 21 commercial tests
La Salle - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 7 state tests | 52 commercial tests
Morehouse - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 5 state tests | 13 commercial tests
Natchitoches - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 8 state tests | 70 commercial tests
Richland - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 80 commercial tests
Sabine - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 3 state tests | 37 commercial tests
East Carroll - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 22 commercial tests
Madison - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 0 commercial tests
Red River - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 18 state tests | 22 commercial tests
St. Helena - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 1 state tests | 51 commercial tests
Winn - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 3 state tests | 21 commercial tests
Caldwell - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 4 state tests | 21 commercial tests
Cameron - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 6 commercial tests
Tensas - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 0 commercial tests
West Carroll - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 0 state tests | 4 commercial tests
BUREN R. (Ric) MOORE
GOHSEP Intelligence Officer
Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) Liaison
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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