COVID-19 Update 03-22-2020
(COVID-19)Novel Coronavirus Update
Online John Hopkins CSSE Coronavirus Dashboard
WHO Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) website
US CDC 2019-nCoV webpage
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Novel coronavirus in China page
Please go to http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/ for official information on Presumptive Positive Test Results and locations. It is updated at 9 am and 5:30 pm daily. Below is current info.
As of last report there are 35 of 64 parishes with reported cases with 763 cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths across the state.
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LDH officials’ latest report: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
Orleans - 418 case(s) | 15 death(s)
Jefferson - 166 case(s) | 3 death(s)
Catahoula - 1 case(s) | 1 death(s)
St. James - 1 case(s) | 1 death(s)
St. Tammany - 22 case(s) | 0 death(s)
East Baton Rouge - 18 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Caddo - 15 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Ascension - 12 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. Bernard - 12 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Lafourche - 11 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Terrebonne - 11 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Parish Under Investigation - 9 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. John the Baptist - 9 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. Charles - 7 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Lafayette - 6 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Bossier - 5 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Calcasieu - 4 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Plaquemines - 4 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. Landry - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Tangipahoa - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s)
West Baton Rouge - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s)
De Soto - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Evangeline - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Iberia - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Iberville - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Livingston - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Ouachita - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Rapides - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Washington - 2 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Assumption - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Avoyelles - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Beauregard - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Bienville - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Claiborne - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. Mary - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Webster - 1 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Acadia - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Allen - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Caldwell - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Cameron - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Concordia - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
East Carroll - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
East Feliciana - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Franklin - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Grant - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Jackson - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Jefferson Davis - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
La Salle - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Lincoln - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Madison - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Morehouse - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Natchitoches - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Pointe Coupee - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Red River - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Richland - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Sabine - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. Helena - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
St. Martin - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Tensas - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Union - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Vermilion - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Vernon - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
West Carroll - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
West Feliciana - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
Winn - 0 case(s) | 0 death(s)
The number of cases worldwide continues to climb. According to health officials, there have been 307,297 confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 92,382 people have recovered, and 13,049 people have died.
In China, for a fourth consecutive day, the government reported an increase in the number of cases imported from overseas, mostly from Chinese people returning home. The country recorded 46 new cases, all but one coming from outside China, amid a drastic reduction in the number of domestically transmitted infections. China is stepping up measures to identify new cases, including diverting all flights due to arrive in Beijing to another airport where passengers will undergo virus screening, government agencies said.
Italy ordered all but the most essential businesses to close until April 3, tightening a lockdown against the coronavirus, after nearly 800 people died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Saturday. "Only production activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a video posted to Facebook, but did not go into detail on the proposals to come into force via emergency decree on Sunday. Italy recorded 793 deaths on Saturday with a total of 53,578 cases, while France (14,485 cases and 562 deaths) and Spain (25,496 cases with 1381 deaths) and Germany (22,364 cases and 84 deaths) continue reporting steep rises in confirmed cases and fatalities. The German government is considering a nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus. Last week, two German states -- Bavaria and Saarland -- imposed state-wide restrictions to try to contain its spread. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet state premiers later on Sunday to discuss further measures.
In the U.S., more than 26,747 people in the U.S. had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday evening. At least 307 people have died in 31 states and Washington D.C. At least 60 people have died in New York, but Washington leads with more than 90 people that have died. More than 11,000 people in New York are infected with COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited the extraordinary number and rapid rise of cases in a press conference Saturday, where he said the state is rushing to stock up on critical medical equipment and increase its number of hospital beds by turning to military field hospitals and other options. Cuomo said the state was researching several potential sites for mobile hospitals to be set up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was shipping 1 million N95 masks to New York City, where the majority of the state's patients are located. While Posting on his Instagram account Saturday night, Amazon's Jeff Bezos wrote a letter to all Amazon employees announcing that Amazon will be hiring for 100,000 new roles and raising wages for hourly workers while also detailing how the company plans on working through the crisis. Additionally, after a day of negotiations over an economic stabilization package, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, asked top Republican negotiators to “draft final legislative text that reflects their compromise products” and deliver it later in the evening. His goal, he said in a statement Saturday night, is to ensure senators could review it before a procedural vote Sunday that would allow the relief for American families and businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
In the Houston Metro area there are currently 150 cases with 2 deaths related to COVID-19. While the Harris County Sheriff’s Office confirmed two employees tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the agency’s total to four. Houston’s first free coronavirus drive-thru testing site will also expand services to people of any age with chronic illnesses Sunday. The person must be experiencing common coronavirus symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing and fever. People that meet the criteria must call the Houston Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get screened. If approved, they will receive a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing.
In Mexico, the government is allowing the United States to immediately return Central American migrants who cross the southwestern border illegally as part of new travel restrictions that took effect on Saturday. The United States will begin immediately returning some migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to Mexico, according to a Customs and Border Protection official and an official with the Mexican government. The Trump administration has said the policy is necessary to combat a potential outbreak of the coronavirus in border facilities. Mexico, in an about-face, confirmed that some Central Americans would be returned to Mexico. Officials at the Foreign Relations Ministry did not respond to requests for comment on the specifics of the plan. Mexico has 203 confirmed cases and 2 deaths related to COVID-19.
In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the country's NHS risks becoming "overwhelmed" by the coronavirus outbreak and that the situation in Britain is just two or three weeks behind Italy. “The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks -- two or three -- behind Italy,” Johnson said. “The Italians have a superb health care system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand. The Italian death toll is already in the thousands and climbing. “Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread -- then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed," Johnson said. “That is why this country has taken the steps that it has, in imposing restrictions never seen before either in peace or war.” Additionally, Britain has received the first prototypes of new ventilators to help the health service handle the coronavirus pandemic, and production of new machines should start soon, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Sunday. "We've been overwhelmed by offers of support. There's now a number of manufacturers who are working with us. We're in receipt of some of the first prototypes, and we expect that manufacturing can start quite quickly," Jenrick said, adding that around 13,000 ventilators were currently available to Britain's National Health Service. While the health secretary has said 4,500 retired healthcare workers have signed up to help battle the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. It comes after NHS England struck a deal with independent hospitals to provide 20,000 fully qualified staff and 8,000 more hospital beds. The U.K. now has 5067 confirmed cases and 233 deaths related to COVID-19.
In India, India's giant bike maker Hero Motocorp is about to stop operations at all its manufacturing facilities until March 31 to protect its employees from the outbreak. With plants in India, Bangladesh and Colombia, Hero accounts for more than 35 percent of the two-wheeler market in India. Also, US carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it will suspend production at its plant in the western Indian state of Maharashtra until March 31. India is about an hour into a 14-hour curfew as part of its attempts to curb the spread of the virus. All citizens have been told to stay indoors from 01:30 to 15:30 GMT. "Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against the COVID-19 menace," Modi tweeted minutes before the curfew commenced. India has 332 confirmed cases and 4 deaths related to COVID-19.
In Pakistan, authorities announced that all international flights will be temporarily suspended from 20:00 (local time) on Saturday, March 21, to 20:00 on Saturday, April 4, in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Cargo and diplomatic flights will nonetheless be exempted from the ban. On Friday, March 13, the government announced it would close all its land borders for 15 days. Educational establishments, including all schools and universities, public and private, are due to close until Sunday, April 5. As of Saturday, March 21, health officials have confirmed 733 COVID-19 cases in Pakistan. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
In Australia, the two biggest cities will shut down non-essential services in the next 48 hours as coronavirus cases rise rapidly in the country. Sydney and Melbourne, along with the capital Canberra, are expected to close pubs and restaurants after announcements by state governments. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said total lockdowns might have to be introduced to curb the spread. The number of cases has risen sharply in recent days, reaching 1,315 with seven deaths. New South Wales (NSW), home to Sydney, is the worst-affected state with 533 confirmed cases. Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, has 296 cases, while Queensland has 259. The new restrictions will see many businesses close but supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies and home delivery services will continue running. Schools in NSW remain open for now but Victorian schools will close from Tuesday after school holidays were brought forward.
KBR's Crisis Management Team will continue to diligently monitor the situation with a Zero Harm mentality focused on our employees, colleagues, and families. Additionally, KBR sites/personnel/travelers located in the impacted areas will continue to follow the guidance of public health officials and utilize appropriate health precautions.
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