Sunday update: St. John reports 545 COVID-19 cases

Published 12:13 pm Sunday, April 12, 2020

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LAPLACE — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in St. John the Baptist Parish saw only a slight increase from Saturday to Sunday.  

As of the Sunday update from the Louisiana Department of Health, there have been 545 reported cases of COVID-19 and 38 deaths in St. John the Baptist Parish. 

On Saturday, there were 538 recorded cases and 38 deaths in St. John Parish. 

As of Sunday at noon, St. Charles Parish has 404 reported cases and 25 deaths, while St. James has 204 reported cases and 10 deaths. 

Statewide, there are 20,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 64 parishes. This marks an increase of 581 cases since yesterday’s report. 

The virus has spread in all Louisiana parishes. There have been 840 deaths, up 34 from Friday. The first death in the state was reported on March 14. 

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there are 2,084 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state. Of these patients, 458 are on ventilators. 

This data is updated daily at noon. 

Edwards has extended his Stay at Home order for Louisiana residents through April 30. To read the full order, visit 

  • In honor of all who have lost their lives to the coronavirus, Parish President Hotard has ordered all flags in St. John the Baptist Parish to fly at half-staff until further notice. 


COVID-19 testing will be offered on the West Bank of St. John Parish from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 17. The testing location is the Teche Action Clinic at 159 East Third Street in Edgard.

Testing is available for residents experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Appointments are not necessary, and insurance is not required. Please call 985-497-8726 upon arrival and someone will come to your car.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is offered three days a week on the East Bank of St. John Parish, Tuesday through Thursday. 

Drive-thru testing is offered to St. John Parish residents who are symptomatic from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., or until the day’s allotted tests have been administered, at the Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes at 1900 W. Airline Highway in LaPlace. 

Testing is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

To receive drive-thru testing, residents must be 18 years or older and experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Patients will need to provide a valid state ID or driver’s license to prove they live in St. John Parish. 

Residents should enter the drive-thru testing location through the rear entrance of the Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes parking lot, and patients must remain in their vehicles for testing. An Ochsner provider will contact the patient with the results once they become available. 

While test kits are limited for drive-thru testing, Ochsner will continue to offer testing at Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes with a physician’s order from a patient’s primary care provider or in the freestanding emergency department. 

St. John residents who have received a physician’s order for COVID-19 testing will have a scheduled appointment at the Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes location between 1 and 4 p.m. Patients must provide a driver’s license or an ID to prove residency in St. John Parish. 

The frequency of testing will be evaluated on a week-by-week basis based on community need, according to Parish President Jaclyn Hotard. 

Patients and caregivers are reminded to follow the steps below should they have symptoms or concerns about COVID-19 before going to an emergency department, clinic or drive-thru testing site: 

  • Call the free Ochsner information line at 844-888-2772 for 24/7 advice and COVID-19 information 
  • Established Ochsner patients can schedule a video visit with their provider and send secure messages via MyOchsner 
  • New patients can see a provider over video through or via the Ochsner Anywhere Care app.