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5 Cases of Coronavirus confirmed in DeSoto Parish



March 23, 2020
Local Update on COVID-19


As of 12pm today 3-23-20, DeSoto Parish has 5 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus reported. The State of Louisiana has reported 1,172 confirmed cases and 34 deaths. Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a "Stay At Home" order that goes into effect at 5pm today. We want the public to understand that this is not a Lock Down, and there is no need to panic. A full list of Essential Businesses that will remain open can be found in our post from yesterday. We ask that you continue to take sanitary precautions outlined by your Federal, State, and Local government. It is recommended, though not enforced, that you self-quarantine at your home if possible and only go out for essential business if necessary.


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Days past in Louisiana by the numbers:
March 16 reported cases: 103
March 17 reported cases: 136 (+33 added)
March 18 reported cases: 240 (+104 added)
March 19 reported cases: 347 (+107 added)
March 20 reported cases: 479 (+132 added)
March 21 reported cases: 585 (+106 added)
March 22 reported cases: 837 (+252 added)
March 23 reported cases: 1,172 (+335 added)
Total Deaths to Date: 34 (+14 from yesterday)


If you have questions regarding rumors, please reach out to us by Facebook or Messenger to verify the claim before contributing to the rumor via social media or otherwise. Rumors of state borders closing, bridges shutting down, and enforced curfews are false and unfounded at this time. Calling our office to verify these rumors can tie up our dispatchers from other emergency related calls so we have amped up our social media presence to help in this matter.


As stated before, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office does not provide information on individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. We also do not make determinations on individual businesses who will be closed for operation. If you are an employee of a business and wish to know whether or not they will be affected by closures, you will need to reach out to your employer for that information.

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