Confirmed coronavirus cases in Louisiana increase to nearly 70

Published 2:19 pm Saturday, March 14, 2020

Health officials say the number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana has risen to 67. Many of the cases — at least three dozen — are in Orleans Parish.

The Louisiana Office of Public Health announced the new numbers Saturday.

“The biggest concern that I have is that it appears that if you look at cases per capita, we’re No. 3 or No. 4 in the country, something in that neighborhood,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Saturday briefing.

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“Certainly our ability to deliver services, particularly medical services, will be overwhelmed with a lower number of cases than would be required to have a similar impact on services in other states, he said.

The governor has postponed the state’s presidential primaries due to fears of the coronavirus. He signed an executive order delaying the April 4 primary until June 20. That makes Louisiana the first state in the nation to do so.

The governor has also banned gatherings of more than 250 people, prompting prompted some of the city’s biggest attractions to close.