Pockets of increased COVID-19 cases spread across LA

LA Health official Dr. Joe Kanter weighs in

Kenny Kuhn
June 30, 2020 - 12:30 pm
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What started as isolated trends of increased coronavirus cases in the Lafayette, Alexandria, and Lake Charles areas have now spread to a statewide spike in coronavirus cases.

Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the trend is concerning.

“So across the state, obvious the total case counts are going up, but more importantly the percent of positivity of those test every day is going up. The percentage of patients going into hospitals with symptoms of COVID are going up,” Dr. Kanter told WWL First News.

He says Region 1, the New Orleans area, has mostly flatten the number of cases with a few bumps up here and there. However, he says Jefferson Parish has seen a sharp rise in cases, which has him concerned.

“What we think is going on is just everyday community spread,” said Dr. Kanter. “As more people are out-and-about, going out, going to work, making groceries, going about their day hanging out with friends and family, these interaction result in a spread.”

He says the only sure way to slow the spread is to stay at home or wear a mask at all times when in public.

 

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