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State has now seen more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19

The state of Louisiana has broken past 10,000 cases of COVID-19 for the first time, according to statistics released Friday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The LDH reported at noon Friday that there had been 10,297 cases reported, and 370 deaths. On Thursday at noon, there had been 9,150 cases reported, and 310 deaths.

Although Friday’s report included an increase in the number of overall cases in the state, it was smaller than the jump between Wednesday’s report and Thursday’s report. The caseload increased by 1,147 cases and 60 deaths between Thursday’s and Friday’s reports, compared to an increase of 2,726 cases and 37 deaths between Wednesday’s and Thursday’s reports.

As of Friday, there had been 61 parishes that had reported at least one case of COVID-19, out of 64 parishes in the state. There had been 57 reported cases in Washington Parish, with two deaths — the state had reported 50 cases and two deaths in its Thursday update.

There had been 435 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 10 deaths, and 55 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with one death.

The LDH said at noon Friday that there had been 4,037 tests completed by the state laboratory, and another 49,608 tests reported to the state by commercial labs. That is a total of 53,645 tests — there had been 51,086 tests reported in Thursday’s update.

The state also reported that there were 1,707 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, with 535 of those patients on ventilators.

There had been 245 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Friday’s update.

The LDH releases updated statistics each day at noon. For complete statistics, visit the LDH online at ldh.la.gov/coronavirus.