The Louisiana Department of Health reported 696 more coronavirus cases and 21 more deaths in its noon update Friday.
The number of hospitalizations increased by 22, and the number of patients in need of ventilators increased by one.
Here are a few key statewide statistics as of Friday:
— Total cases: 178,870
— Total deaths: 5,614
— Currently hospitalized: 620
— Currently on ventilators: 65
— Presumed recovered: 165,282 as of Oct. 19 (updated weekly)
— Probable cases: 3,733 as of Oct. 21 (updated weekly)
Note: The Advocate and The Times-Picayune staff calculates daily case count increases based on the difference between today’s total and yesterday’s total of confirmed coronavirus cases. The Louisiana Department of Health releases a daily case count on Twitter based on the deletion of duplicate cases. That case count can be different than the one listed here.
You can view more graphs and charts breaking down the data by clicking here.
Louisiana began reopening for Phase 1 on May 15-16 then moved to Phase 2 on June 5. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Louisiana’s Phase 2 restrictions twice in August before moving the state to Phase 3 on Sept. 11.
This is a developing story. More details and analysis to come.