The Louisiana Department of Health is for the first time reporting the number of people presumed to have recovered from COVID-19.
As of April 22, the state believes 14,927 people have recovered from the illness caused by the coronavirus.
A person is presumed to have recovered if:
- it has been more than 14 days, since he/she tested positive and he/she is not currently in the hospital or deceased (when hospital status is known), or
- it has been more than 21 days, since he/she tested positive and he/she is not deceased (when hospital status is unknown). Presumed recovered counts will be updated weekly.
The state health department reported another 401 people who tested positive for coronavirus Friday — a 1.59 percent increase over yesterday, for a total of 26,140 who have tested positive since March 9.
And since then, 1,601 people have died. In the last 24 hours, 61 people were reported dead in Louisiana.
In Orleans Parish, 6,286 people have tested positive and 392 are known to have died from COVID-19. In Jefferson Parish, there have been 5,985 known cases and 323 known deaths. In East Baton Rouge Parish, we know 1,697 people have been sick and 109 have died.
The number of people on ventilators across the state is up by 12 — a somewhat unusual occurance as of the last few weeks. There are 286 people on ventilators. The number of people in hospitals with COVID-19 — 1,697 — is down by 30 from yesterday.
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