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Family mourns 1st coronavirus death in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Health says there are now 103 cases of coronavirus in the state, 75 in Orleans Parish

As the resident of a facility serving people with developmental disabilities, 58-year-old Ives Green had limited contact with the outside world, and he did not know why he had been feeling unwell, according to his family, the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate reported.

But Green’s condition deteriorated so much recently that medical staff at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans received the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s permission to give him a test for the new coronavirus, which only a few people in Louisiana have been getting.

It came back positive, and Green on Saturday became the first person in Louisiana to die from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, his family said in a prepared statement released Sunday, the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate reported.

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