NEW ORLEANS — New numbers released by the Louisiana Department of Health Sunday were promising: only 225 new cases reported and 14 deaths, down from previous days and the lowest numbers reported in over a week.
As of Sunday at noon, Louisiana has 3,540 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state has confirmed 151 deaths associated with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.
Too soon to tell
It is the smallest percent increase in cases reported, with Louisiana cases jumping 6%. But despite a significant slowdown in positive cases Sunday, it is still too soon to determine if Louisiana is approaching the "curve" of the virus where the number of cases will begin to decrease instead of increase.
The three Sundays since the outbreak was reported have all had a relatively small number of new cases confirmed compared to the days immediately before or after.
And Saturday saw the single highest increase in a day, a jump of more than 500.
The state has reported nine more "clusters," of the virus at nursing homes and other senior living facilities. The additional clusters reported Sunday nearly doubled the previous total, bringing Louisiana to 20 confirmed clusters.
The state defines a cluster as multiple confirmed coronavirus cases that appear to be linked together.
At least 11 people have died and more than 40 have contracted coronavirus at the first cluster to be reported: Lambeth House.
Here are all 20 facilities where clusters have been reported:
- Chateau de Notre Dame
- Chateau D'Ville
- Chateau St. James
- Good Samaritan, New Orleans
- Guesthouse of Slidell Nursing Home
- Jo Ellen Smith Living Center
- Lakeview Manor Nursing Home
- Lambeth House
- Luling Living Center
- Marrero Health Care Center
- Montclair Park Assisted Living Shreveport
- Nouveau Marc
- River Palms Nursing and Rehab
- Riverbend Nursing and Rehab
- St. James Place
- St. Joseph of Harahan
- St. Jude's Nursing Home
- St. Martin's Manor
- Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home
- Vista Shores