Published: April 6, 2020 at 8:13 p.m. CDT
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Marion County continues to stand at zero despite jumps in neighboring counties.
Requests for the number of COVID-19 tests by Marion County residents remains a mystery. Inquiries for completed test numbers for Marion County to Judge Leward LaFleur and state officials were not answered Monday.
The Jimp asked the Marshall and Harrison County Health Department for testing numbers for Marion County. A spokeswoman for CHRISTUS Good Shepherd said they did not have them.
“You would have to find out through your local health authority in Marion County,” the hospital told the Jimp Monday.
Harrison County – 11 cases, 1 death, 96 tests completed
Judge Chad Sims reported Monday, “I’ve just been notified by the Texas Department of State Health Services that we have three additional positive cases of the coronavirus. That brings our Harrison County total to 11.”
“We must take this seriously and stay home,” Sims said. “The good news is … I’m not aware of any of these (new) cases requiring hospitalization.”
Sims reported Wednesday that 96 completed tests for that county.
“We get a report every Wednesday morning from the Marshall/Harrison County Health District.
“We do our best to only get Harrison County tests. It is hugely difficult. Everyone is busy.
“Some complicating factors are that we are not only showing more tests than Harrison County residents, but residents also go to Shreveport [to be tested]. We are just reporting the best we have at the time. People are frustrated and I get frustrated too,” Sims told the Jimp Monday.
Cass County – 4 cases, 0 deaths, Unknown tests completed
Lisa Thompson, Public Information Officer for Bowie & Cass Counties and Texarkana, Tex. reported on the emergency website that Cass county now has 7 confirmed coronavirus cases with two patients recovered.
The Jimp asked Thompson for confirmation that one of the cases previously confirmed was an employee at the Golden Villa nursing home, and if so, were all the employees at Golden Villa being tested for COVID-19.
“There’s no way to tell how many have been tested because many people are seeing private healthcare providers who are not inclined to turn in their test numbers,” Thompson said. “It is my understanding that only employees and patients who are sick and showing symptoms at Golden Villa are being tested.”
Details about contact tracing, the process of identifying, listing and following-up with people in close contact of confirmed cases of infectious disease, for the other three COVID-19 cases was not permitted.
“I can’t release information about where the positive cases are employed unless their employers initiate releasing that information,” Thompson said. “The contact tracing steps vary depending on the situation of each positive case, but it could mean notifying those who have been in contact, recommending self-isolation, and interviewing about symptoms, etc.”
Caddo Parish – 711 cases, 21 death, 12,082 tests completed
The Louisiana Department of Health reports 711 coronavirus cases in Caddo Parish with 21 deaths. The number tested in Caddo Parish stands at 12,082.
Gregg County has 28 confirmed cases as of Monday. 380 tests were completed as of Saturday.
Morris and Camp counties have one confirmed case each. Titus county confirmed a second case Monday.
Across the state, 85,357 tests have been performed with 7,276 confirmed cases. Texas has suffered 140 deaths from COVID-19. 1,153 patients are currently hospitalized.
Louisiana has completed 69,166 tests and identified 14,867 confirmed cases. 512 deaths have been reported. 1,809 patients have been hospitalized with 563 requiring ventilators.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Sunday on NBC News that the U.S. is “struggling” to get the coronavirus outbreak under control and warned Americans to prepare for the coming week “to be a bad week.”
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