Early in the pandemic outbreak, a nurse at a New Orleans-area hospital witnessed the surge — “an explosion of cases” that seemed to overwhelm the emergency room — and then she witnessed something else. Hospital staff were getting sick.

It's been 52 days since the first positive test for the coronavirus was reported in Louisiana. Here's where things stand, according to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported 200 new positive tests for the coronavirus Tuesday — the smallest increase in sheer numbers since March 21 and the smallest percent increase since the first case was reported.

Governor John Bel Edwards extended the state’s stay at home order another two weeks Monday afternoon.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Edwards said while the state’s overall case numbers are declining, there are still several regions where cases and hospitalizations are either climbing or have plateaued. He singled out Region 2, Region 4, and Region 8 -- Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Northeast Louisiana, respectively.

“So obviously there’s a lot of good work going on here, it’s just not enough that we feel comfortable,” he said.

For the first time in more than a month, there were no new deaths reported in Orleans Parish over the past 24 hours, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. That's a welcome development for one of the most notable COVID-19 hotspots in the country. 

Last week, we asked readers of our newsletter what they're looking forward to in a time when it feels difficult to look forward to anything.

The Louisiana Department of Health is for the first time reporting the number of people presumed to have recovered from COVID-19.

When Tatalu Helen Dada called last Friday from the LaSalle Processing Center in Jena, Louisiana, the line was muffled, but her desperation was clear.

“Everyone here, we are at risk,” she said. “You have the officers come in from the streets, they're still bringing people from the streets. So basically our life is in danger.”

Social distancing is hard on a bus.

The RTA has cut back services and instituted new rules to protect riders and drivers but still, as of Monday, 67 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and three bus drivers have died.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Louisiana continued its downward trend today, as did the number of people on ventilators.