The Louisiana Department of Health issued its evening update for Sunday, March 22nd, with no new deaths reported in Louisiana. The latest numbers are in and there are 837 cases of coronavirus in the state, resulting in 20 deaths, the same number as reported Saturday evening.

The virus is now confirmed present in 36 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. Cameron, St. Martin, and Vermilion Parishes have yet to confirm a case of the virus.

Lafayette Parish, with the most reported cases, stands steady (as of this morning's update) at 6.

The Center for Disease Control reminds us that the best way to avoid the virus is to practice the following:

  • Avoid exposure by practicing social distancing
  • wash your hands frequently
  • disinfect often-touched places (doorknobs, light switches, tables, lavatories, commodes, steering wheels, door handles, gas pumps, etc)
  • avoid touching your face
  • be healthy (take a walk, exercise, etc)

As a reminder, Governor Edwards, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus, has shut down areas where people congregate (restaurant dining areas, bars, etc). Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory has shut down any non-medical business that requires close contact (hair and nail salons, spas, tattoo shops, barbershops and the like), and asks that citizens follow the guidelines set forth by the Governor and the CDC.

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