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19 coronavirus cases in the stateMost cases in Orleans ParishCases have begun to spread to other parts of stateEmergency declarations issued at state level, in New OrleansPopular large-scale events canceled because of spread concernsNew Orleans retirement center shows signs of community spreadThere are now 19 coronavirus cases in Louisiana.Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health issued the update Thursday.Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state and local leaders have been giving updates on the coronavirus response throughout the week. The presumptive positive cases have begun to spread from the New Orleans metro to other parishes.It appears the newest case is in Orleans Parish.Other coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Jefferson, Lafourche and Caddo parishes. State and local health officials have released few details about the patients because of federal guidelines.Edwards issued a public health emergency because of the coronavirus and said he expects to see more cases. He also said state health officials have identified a case of community spread in New Orleans at a retirement center, where four coronavirus patients are residents.New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued her own state of emergency for the city.State health officials stressed that while the cases are labeled presumptive positive, they have full confidence that the patients have coronavirus. Edwards also chimed in Thursday when he was asked a question about whether the public should treat the cases positive because of confusion about the term presumptive positive.”I don’t share the concern, because not a single test done by any public health lab in the United States of America that was presumptively positive has been ruled negative by the CDC,” Edwards said. “A presumptive positive is a positive. Period.”Edwards was joined in that sentiment by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will still verify the tests.In southeast Louisiana, several medical facilities are treating coronavirus patients. In New Orleans itself, four facilities in different parts of the city have patients. The Veterans Affairs hospital, Touro Hospital, University Medical Center and Tulane Medical Center confirmed they have patients and are taking extra measures to keep their staff, faculty and other patients and visitors healthy.A spokesperson for Ochsner Health System confirmed that its medical facilities have patients at Ochsner St. Anne in Raceland and Ochsner West Bank in Gretna. One patient is receiving treatment at Slidell Medical Hospital, a partner of Ochsner Health System.State and local officials are reminding residents about taking their own precautions to minimize the possible spread of coronavirus. That includes washing hands with soap and water, staying home if they are sick, and self-quarantining if necessary.Louisiana officials are stressing the importance of “flattening the curve,” a term that signifies the growing number of cases in the country. They said the way to do that is to limit large-scale events, practicing social distancing and using good hygiene. They said this will be the key to minimizing the spread and not overwhelming the public health system.In the New Orleans area, several popular upcoming events have been canceled because of coronavirus concerns. St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans and Metairie have been canceled. Baton Rouge made the same decision with its parade.The 2020 BUKU Music + Art Project has been postponed until September, but there has been no word on a decision for French Quarter Festival or Jazz Fest. Schools and universities have been taking their own measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. Most universities in New Orleans have moved to online-only classes and some are directing students to move out of dorms.Louisiana State University has also decided to move to online-only courses.Public school districts are taking extra measures to clean and keep students healthy. The Orleans Parish School Board declared a state of emergency even though there are no known cases of the virus in its public schools. They said if a case is confirmed, classes will be canceled.With U.S. cases surpassing 1,200, Trump said Wednesday he was suspending all travel from Europe into the U.S. for a month, a ban that will only apply to foreign nationals and not to American citizens who have been screened before entering the U.S., his administration later clarified.The announcement came after the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic, saying the number of affected countries tripled in two weeks, with more than 118,000 cases and 4,290 deaths worldwide.In the U.S., all but six states have reported coronavirus cases. At least 39 Americans have died: 30 in Washington state, four in California, two in Florida, one in New Jersey, one in South Dakota and one in Georgia.Stay with WDSU.com for updates.Click here for the latest local and national coronavirus updates.News you can use:In need of hand sanitizer? Here’s how to make your ownIs it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? 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NEW ORLEANS —

  • 19 coronavirus cases in the state
  • Most cases in Orleans Parish
  • Cases have begun to spread to other parts of state
  • Emergency declarations issued at state level, in New Orleans
  • Popular large-scale events canceled because of spread concerns
  • New Orleans retirement center shows signs of community spread

There are now 19 coronavirus cases in Louisiana.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health issued the update Thursday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state and local leaders have been giving updates on the coronavirus response throughout the week. The presumptive positive cases have begun to spread from the New Orleans metro to other parishes.

It appears the newest case is in Orleans Parish.

Other coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Jefferson, Lafourche and Caddo parishes. State and local health officials have released few details about the patients because of federal guidelines.

Edwards issued a public health emergency because of the coronavirus and said he expects to see more cases. He also said state health officials have identified a case of community spread in New Orleans at a retirement center, where four coronavirus patients are residents.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued her own state of emergency for the city.

State health officials stressed that while the cases are labeled presumptive positive, they have full confidence that the patients have coronavirus. Edwards also chimed in Thursday when he was asked a question about whether the public should treat the cases positive because of confusion about the term presumptive positive.

“I don’t share the concern, because not a single test done by any public health lab in the United States of America that was presumptively positive has been ruled negative by the CDC,” Edwards said. “A presumptive positive is a positive. Period.”

Edwards was joined in that sentiment by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will still verify the tests.

In southeast Louisiana, several medical facilities are treating coronavirus patients. In New Orleans itself, four facilities in different parts of the city have patients. The Veterans Affairs hospital, Touro Hospital, University Medical Center and Tulane Medical Center confirmed they have patients and are taking extra measures to keep their staff, faculty and other patients and visitors healthy.

A spokesperson for Ochsner Health System confirmed that its medical facilities have patients at Ochsner St. Anne in Raceland and Ochsner West Bank in Gretna. One patient is receiving treatment at Slidell Medical Hospital, a partner of Ochsner Health System.

State and local officials are reminding residents about taking their own precautions to minimize the possible spread of coronavirus. That includes washing hands with soap and water, staying home if they are sick, and self-quarantining if necessary.

In last 60 minutes, events affected due to #CoronavirusPandemic

-SEC basketball cancelled (LSU)

-AAC basketball cancelled (Tulane)

-LSU at Ole Miss baseball postponed

-Southern baseball postponed

-PGA Tour playing, but no fans allowed.

NOLA Zurich Classic ⛳️ is April 23-26.

— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) March 12, 2020

Louisiana officials are stressing the importance of “flattening the curve,” a term that signifies the growing number of cases in the country. They said the way to do that is to limit large-scale events, practicing social distancing and using good hygiene. They said this will be the key to minimizing the spread and not overwhelming the public health system.

In the New Orleans area, several popular upcoming events have been canceled because of coronavirus concerns. St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans and Metairie have been canceled. Baton Rouge made the same decision with its parade.

The 2020 BUKU Music + Art Project has been postponed until September, but there has been no word on a decision for French Quarter Festival or Jazz Fest.

Schools and universities have been taking their own measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. Most universities in New Orleans have moved to online-only classes and some are directing students to move out of dorms.

Louisiana State University has also decided to move to online-only courses.

Public school districts are taking extra measures to clean and keep students healthy. The Orleans Parish School Board declared a state of emergency even though there are no known cases of the virus in its public schools. They said if a case is confirmed, classes will be canceled.

With U.S. cases surpassing 1,200, Trump said Wednesday he was suspending all travel from Europe into the U.S. for a month, a ban that will only apply to foreign nationals and not to American citizens who have been screened before entering the U.S., his administration later clarified.

The announcement came after the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic, saying the number of affected countries tripled in two weeks, with more than 118,000 cases and 4,290 deaths worldwide.

In the U.S., all but six states have reported coronavirus cases. At least 39 Americans have died: 30 in Washington state, four in California, two in Florida, one in New Jersey, one in South Dakota and one in Georgia.

Stay with WDSU.com for updates.

Click here for the latest local and national coronavirus updates.

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Is it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? How to tell the difference

A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads

How to manage OCD and anxiety amid the coronavirus

Coronavirus: 4 ways to care for dry hands during regular washing

How to stop touching your face all the time, according to experts

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