The New Orleans Health Department is investigating two clusters of Covid-19 cases after a high school graduation party and a large gathering at a bar outside the parish, the agency said.
Both clusters appear to be impacting young people who live in Orleans Parish.
The health department warned residents, especially young people, to take immediate precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
"Activities that pose the highest risk for transmission are large, uncontrolled gatherings like those that take place at a party or bar," the health department said in a statement. "These activities can fuel a rapid rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This is why there are strict gathering size and capacity limitations for planned events in the State of Louisiana and Orleans Parish. When individuals participate in high-risk activities, not only can they become sick, but they can also transmit the virus to their loved ones who may be at higher risk for severe illness or death."
The health department has urged anyone who has taken part in a non-physically distant gathering without masks or proper precautions to quarantine for 14 days.