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‘There is more virus in our community’ Jefferson Parish president says

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'There is more virus in our community' Jefferson Parish president says

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said testing centers are reaching capacity quicker and percentage of positive tests are increasing.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — Leaders in Jefferson Parish are warning of an uptick in coronavirus cases rivaling the first peaks of the virus earlier this year.

In a news conference Monday, Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said that last week the parish surpassed 1,000 new cases in a single week for the first time since April.

"We are in the midst of this still, very much," Lee Sheng said.

She said that the parish has seen an uptick in cases since mid-June, a trend shared across Louisiana.

Lee Sheng moved to dispel arguments in the community that recent upticks are solely driven by increased testing. Specifically, the percentage of positive tests returning daily has increased from 3-5% in June to upwards of 20% in recent weeks.

Also in those two weeks, daily testing capacity at community testing centers has been reached sooner, sometimes even before those centers open their doors for the day."There is more virus in our community, and that is seen by the people waiting in line who are not feeling well or have been told they were exposed, as well as the percent positive we are seeing coming back," Lee Sheng said.As of Monday, Jefferson Parish has reported 11,256 cases and 495 deaths since the coronavirus outbreak began in March. In Monday’s update, the Louisiana Department of Health reported 156 new cases and 2 deaths since Sunday. Jefferson Parish leads the state in number of reported cases and tests conducted.Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry A. Cvitanovich said the number of deaths in the […]

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