Health Department reports 1,356 new COVID-19 cases

Jun 23, 2020
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The Louisiana Department of Health reports 1,356 COVID-19 cases reported to the state since yesterday, bringing the total to 51,595 cases. Louisiana had the third largest single-week increase in cases last week, beaten only by the first two weeks of April during the upswing.

The vast majority (95%) of today’s increase in case growth is tied to community spread rather than congregate settings like nursing homes.

In terms of timeline, the specimen collection date of 97% of these cases ranges from June 15 to June 23, i.e., today’s big increase is not tied to a backlog.

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The Louisiana Department of Health has updated its website to reflect the latest number of COVID-19 positives and will continue to update its website at noon each day.

LDH has resolved the server issue that impacted reporting on commercial lab data on May 23-24, and more than 95% of impacted labs have been pulled into today’s reporting.

Louisiana Department of Health Update

Apr 8, 2020
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The Louisiana Department of Health has extended its Emergency Order to align with the Governor’s Executive Order that has been extended to April 30. The LDH extension applies to all previously issued LDH Notices and Orders and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, but may be further extended by subsequent order of the State Health Officer. Click here to see the order.

Bats infest LaSalle Parish school

Sep 20, 2018

Furry flying mammals have caused the closure of an area school. An infestation of bats has caused the closure of Lasalle Parish Elementary School. The Louisiana Department of Health closed the Olla school on Monday.

LDH says the shutdown is because bats carry rabies and the bat guano can harbor disease. Bats have to be handled carefully. They are a protected species, it is illegal to kill them.

The school will reopen as soon as the bats are removed and the droppings are cleaned up. If the process takes too long, classes will be moved. 

The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.


Louisiana Department of Health announces that 37,000 medicaid enrollees eligibility may end on July 1, 2018.

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Another legal battle is brewing between Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry. The A-G filed a motion in court this week to take control of the Edwards administration lawsuit that accuses pharmaceutical companies of worsening the opioid crisis. Landry says it only makes sense for his office to handle this litigation.