TUESDAY UPDATE: More COVID-19 cases confirmed in region
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19/coronavirus in the Northeast Texas/Northwest Louisiana region continued to climb, health officials reported Tuesday.
Officials reported at least 87 confirmed cases in the region.
In nearby DeSoto Parish, officials reported six confirmed cases as of Tuesday. Two of those cases were in Stonewall; two in Mansfield and one had not been assigned to a city, officials said.
The State of Louisiana has reported 1,388 confirmed cases and 46 deaths as of Tuesday, March 24. The number of deaths in Louisiana jumped from 34 reported on Monday while the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by more than 200 from Monday when the state reported 1,172 confirmed cases.
In Northeast Texas, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 stood at 21 on Tuesday, with 14 of those being in Smith County. These counties each had one case confirmed: Rusk, Gregg, Morris, Van Zandt, Cass, Bowie and Hopkins.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a "Stay At Home" order for non-essential businesses that began at 5 p.m. on Monday. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson wanted to stress the order was not a lock-down.
“While you are highly encouraged to stay home if possible, you are not mandated by law to remain there,” he said.
The Shreveport area of Caddo and Bossier parishes reported the bulk of cases in Northwestern Louisiana. Caddo Parish had 40 confirmed cases as of Tuesday while Bossier Parish had 12.
Webster Parish reported three confirmed cases along with one death attributed to COVID-19. Clairborne and Lincoln Parishes each had two confirmed cases while there was one in Bienville Parish as of Tuesday.
Orleans Parish had 675 confirmed cases and 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19, state health officials reported Tuesday. Over the weekend the state had reported 15 deaths in Orleans Parish and 451 confirmed cases.