Local healthcare workers process people at the Baton Rouge General Mid-City location, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, during testing that resumed from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, for those with a doctor’s pre-approval, for the novel coronavirus COVID-19.


STAFF PHOTO BY TRAVIS SPRADLING


Out of the 2,458 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Louisiana, more than half of the people had hypertension as an underlying condition.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health data, 59.39% of the people who have died from coronavirus statewide suffered from the condition.

The second most frequent underlying condition among coronavirus victims is diabetes, according to the data.

In Louisiana, positive tests for coronavirus have been found in all 64 parishes, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

Here’s a list of the prevalence of underlying conditions in COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana:

  • Hypertension 59.39%
  • Diabetes 36.65%
  • Cardiac Disease 20.92%
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 20.10%
  • Obesity 19.69%
  • Congestive Heart Failure 12.90%
  • Pulmonary 11.71%
  • Neurological 8.43%
  • Cancer 7.57%
  • Asthma 4.15%

The Louisiana Department of Health started releasing data on pre-existing conditions two weeks after the state’s first confirmed coronavirus death on March 14. In the early data, only 5% of victims had no pre-existing health condition.

There have been 35,038 reported cases of coronavirus across the state of Louisiana as of Tuesday.

While there have been 26,249 reported recoveries, 2,458 people have died. Another 123 deaths are classified as “probable.”

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