Louisiana has 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19


UPDATE: Louisiana Department of Health confirms there are now 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Officials say 23 of those cases involved Orleans Parish residents.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana is enacting new visiting restrictions at nursing homes and state prisons because of the threat from the new coronavirus.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the plans Thursday after meeting with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to talk about the rise in virus cases, particularly around New Orleans. No cases have been confirmed in Acadiana.

The number of people testing positive for the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus grew to 19. The tests are “presumptive positive,” meaning they await confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of the cases are in and around New Orleans.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.

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