South’s coronavirus update: Louisiana and Florida approach 200 cases each

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Here’s an update on the number of positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus as reported by state health departments across the South.

Here’s a breakdown, by state, from Tuesday afternoon:

Alabama: 39 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Arkansas: 22 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Florida: 195 positive cases, 7 deaths.
Georgia: 146 positive cases, 1 death.
Louisiana: 196 positive cases, 4 deaths.
Mississippi: 21 positive cases, no deaths.
Tennessee: 73 positives cases, no deaths.
Texas: 64 positive cases, 1 death.

Worldwide the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 190,000 people and killed more than 7,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 80,000 people have recovered so far, mostly in China.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday night said the state has reported its first positive case of the new coronavirus, meaning that all 50 states have now confirmed cases.

Justice said the confirmed case is in the state’s Eastern Panhandle, an area close to Washington, D.C. He did not immediately disclose the county where the illness occurred.

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 clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoiding close contact with others
  • And staying home if you are sick
  • The Associated Press contributed to this article.