Monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans and Louisiana

Published: Mar 24, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on New Orleans, Louisiana, the United States and indeed the world. This webpage provides the most up-to-date data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in New Orleans and other early hot spots across the U.S. Check back often for updated stats and a full archive of historical data since inception.

Confirmed Cases and Deaths in New Orleans

Because it is highly contagious, and there isn’t currently a treatment or vaccine for this deadly disease, the COVID-19 infection is spreading rapidly in New Orleans and Louisiana. While New Orleans has only .01% of the population in the United States, two weeks into the virus first being confirmed in Louisiana, New Orleans had already experienced 3.9% of all COVID-19 deaths across the U.S.

New Orleans Confirmed Cases

Source: The Data Center analysis of Louisiana Department of Health data collected by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Notes: Cases are assigned to a person’s parish of residence regardless of where they seek care.

Tests and Confirmed Cases in Louisiana and New Orleans

The first case of COVID-19 in Louisiana was confirmed on March 9th, 2020.i Since then, the number of confirmed cases has risen rapidly. To be clear, this increase of confirmed cases in Louisiana is not solely a reflection of the number of people becoming infected, but rather indicates expanding testing capacity as well as increasing infection rates.ii

Until March 20, very few tests were available in Louisiana. On March 20, drive-through testing became available for healthcare workers and first responders only.iii On March 21, testing became available to those with symptoms of COVID-19.iv

Several of the first individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Orleans and Louisiana had not traveled abroad nor been in close contact with a known case, which indicates that there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 beyond what is being captured in the data at this time.v The number of confirmed cases will continue to escalate as the virus continues to spread throughout the population and testing capacity expands.

Louisiana Tests Chart

Source: The Data Center analysis of Louisiana Department of Health data collected by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Notes: Cases are assigned to a person’s parish of residence regardless of where they seek care.

Louisiana Cases Chart

Source: The Data Center analysis of Louisiana Department of Health data collected by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Notes: Cases are assigned to a person’s parish of residence regardless of where they seek care.

COVID-19 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents in New Orleans and other hot spots

Examining the rate of COVID-19 infection per population is essential for determining where medical resources are needed most urgently.

Note: New York, New York is the 5 boroughs of New York City.

County Time Chart

Source: The Data Center analysis of UVA COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard and Population Estimates 2018.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases across Louisiana

The first case of Coronavirus in Louisiana was in Jefferson Parish, however within days Orleans Parish quickly outpaced Jefferson with 5 new cases. By the end of the first week, there were 103 confirmed cases in 10 parishes. While Orleans Parish has remained the epicenter of Coronavirus in Louisiana, cases are rapidly spreading across the entire state. ​

Source: The Data Center analysis of Louisiana Department of Health data collected by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Note: Parishes that appear on map and subsequently disappear are a result of false positive cases being retracted. Data is the confirmed number of cases reported daily and are not retroactively updated. Cases are assigned to a person’s parish of residence regardless of where they seek care.

Sources

i Dweson, D. (2020) Louisiana coronavirus tracking map. The Advocate and Times-Picayune. Retrieved from: https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_7cb2af1c-6414-11ea-b729-93612370dd94.html

ii Testing in the U.S. (2020) Coronavirus Disease 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html

iii Adelson, J. (2020) New Orleans Opens Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing for Responders. Government Technology, Emergency Management. Retrieved from: https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/New-Orleans-Opens-Drive-Thru-Coronavirus-Testing-Center-for-Responders.html

iv COVID_19 Drive-Through Testing to Expand Criteria to Any Symptomatic Individual. (2020) NOLA Ready, The City of New Orleans. Retrieved from: https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/covid-19-drive-through-testing-to-expand-criteria/

v How it Spreads. (2020) Coronavirus Disease 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html