Louisiana's COVID-19 death toll climbs

John Bel Edwards

Two more COVID-19 coronavirus patients have died in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday afternoon.

"The total death count is now ten in the state of Louisiana," said Edwards.

"One of those, most recent, is a 44-year-old Orleans Parish (resident) with underlying medical conditions," the governor said. "The other was a 91-year-old Lambeth House resident."

Lambeth House is a retirement home in Uptown New Orleans where several residents have tested positive.

The Louisiana Department of Health Issued the following news release:

Baton Rouge, La. (March 19, 2020) — The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 10.
A 44-year-old Orleans Parish resident with underlying medical conditions and a 91-year-old resident of Lambeth House died today.
This information will be reflected on the dashboard at the 5:30 p.m. update. 
While older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, everyone can become exposed to COVID-19 and must be vigilant to protect their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the serious chronic health conditions include heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
For updates on positive cases and deaths, visit the Louisiana Department of Health's COVID-19 webpage.
Everyone is warned to take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.
These precautions include:
  •     Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
  •     Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
  •     Avoiding touching your face
  •     Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
  •     Avoiding close contact with others
  •     And staying home if you are sick 

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