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Well, it turns out, Lafourche Parish has more positive COVID-19 cases than it did an hour ago.

The state updated its numbers at 6:45 p.m. tonight and Lafourche now has 11 positively ID'ed cases, up from 5 at last report.

Parish President Archie Chaisson said the jump in cases is a result of a slew of positive tests that came back late this afternoon from private labs.

He said he expected many of the tests to come back in the coming days, but they all came back at the same time on Saturday evening and in the bunch were 6 positives.

The Parish President said this isn't a time for panic. These tests were taken many days ago and the state is doing a better job at processing test results now than in recent days.

Chaisson said he doesn't have any specifics about the patients, but was told the batch of positive tests all came from private labs.

He was alerted of all of the positive results just around 6:45 p.m. At 6 p.m., he told The Gazette that there were no new cases for the day.

"I don't have any specifics - north, central or south Lafourche," Chaisson said. "All I was told is a bunch of tests were were waiting on from private lab cases all came back at the same time."

Chaisson said he wants Lafourche residents to know that they have to keep practicing distancing measures to keep things under control.

He said he went to Walmart today and was upset by the number of people in the store just walking around and not shopping.

"If we do what we're preaching, it's going to work," he said. "Why we're seeing increases in numbers is because people aren't heeding the warnings."

Louisiana test results have soared. More than 3,200 tests have now been processed.

The Louisiana Department of Health released updated figures this afternoon at 6:45 p.m.

For the day, Louisiana figures jumped from 537 total cases to 763 cases.

The state had 585 confirmed cases at its 9 a.m. update.

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