Archie Chaisson III

COVID-19 is spread all throughout Lafourche Parish, and the most active cases right now are actually in the southern and central reaches of the parish.

Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson was a call-in guest on our Casey's Corner Podcast today, and he said that in the coming days, the parish plans to find ways to better illustrate where the active cases are in Lafourche, as opposed to looking strictly at TOTAL case counts, which will continuously go up, but aren't an accurate depiction of a situation that's now three-plus months old.

The parish president said that there are currently 190 active cases of COVID-19 in Lafourche Parish, compared to the more than 1,000 total cases reported by the Department of Health.

Of those 190 active cases, the breakdown is as follows:

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES:

Northern Lafourche: 45

Central Lafourche: 67

South Lafourche: 69

Unknown: 9

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The parish president also said that on June 23, he was alerted of 6 new COVID-19 cases in Lafourche, and the breakdown for those cases are as follows:

Northern Lafourche: 0

Central Lafourche: 1 

South Lafourche: 3

Unknown: 2

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The DOH reported more than 20 new cases of COVID for Lafourche today, but their recording measures are different. Sometimes, there's backlogs and other issues with labs that may send bunches of cases in at one time. Governments are alerted differently, so the day-by-day data is sometimes different. 

Chaisson said all of Lafourche's hospitals are in good condition and have been throughout the pandemic. 

Numbers back that data. In Region 3, there are 14 patients hospitalized with COVID-19-related ailments and just 1 ventilator is in use. Those numbers have remained relatively flat in recent weeks. In Region 3, data is shared amongst Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, Assumption, St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes. 

The parish president said he urges continued caution, but that it "feels good" to see so many people buying into taking care of themselves and their neighbors. 

Listen to the Parish President's full interview below. It begins at 32:20 on the audio player.

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