UPDATE Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 5:16 am: Health officials are now reporting three additional new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana as of Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020. That brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana to six. The three newly reported cases all come from Orleans Parish. The presumptive positive tests will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 8:34 pm
Governor Edwards announced Tuesday that two more presumptive positive cases of coronavirus had been discovered in Louisiana, bringing the total to three for the state, all centered around New Orleans. This information followed the announcement by officials in Gregg Country in East Texas that a patient had tested positive for COVID-19 there.

The Louisiana Office of the Governor released the following:

As of Tuesday, March 10, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed two new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, bringing the total presumptive positive cases in the state to three.

All three cases are in the New Orleans area.

Gov. Edwards said, “Currently, we have three presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Louisiana, all in the New Orleans area. While we investigate the cases and travel of the individuals, we cannot disclose any additional information about these patients at this time. It is important that the public take measures to protect their health and reduce the spread of illness, including avoiding going out in public when you are sick, washing your hands, social distancing and disinfecting commonly used surfaces. Additionally, older people may consider additional measures like avoiding any kind of unnecessary airline travel and reducing their public interactions to avoid their potential exposure to illness. We know testing for COVID-19 is expanding this week as commercial labs come on board. We expect to see more presumptive positives in the coming days and weeks and I am asking all Louisianans to remain vigilant as we work to contain the spread of this and other illnesses.”

For further updates from Governor Edwards regarding COVID-19 in Louisiana, visit gov.louisana.gov.