With new labs reporting coronavirus tests for the first time, Louisiana’s newly reported positive Covid-19 cases saw a spike on Thursday.
Of the newly reported cases, 62% are from labs reporting for the first time with some tests dating back to March, according to the Department of Health.
LDH posted on their dashboard that only 506 of the 1,188 new cases are actually new.
Over 305,000 tests have been conducted with the results of 19,411 tests being reported since Wednesday.
There are 21 new deaths, bringing the total to 2,506. Hospitalizations and ventilator usage continue to drop, with just 884 people hospitalized statewide and 107 total patients on ventilators.
Orleans Parish had just 21 new cases on Thursday while Jefferson Parish saw an increase of 47 new cases, bringing their totals to 6904 and 7175 respectively.
There were no deaths in Orleans Parish on Thursday while Jefferson Parish is reporting 1 since Wednesday’s report.