Updated: 7:01 p.m.

The Louisiana Department of Health has reported the state's first "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, according to the office of the governor. 

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In what NOLA Public Schools in a press release called a “first step,” the district held a conference call to discuss preventing the spread and managing a possible outbreak of COVID-19 with school leaders Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. John Bel Edwards Forms Coronavirus Task Force

Mar 2, 2020
(Courtesy of CDC)

Following the first two COVID-19 deaths in the United States over the weekend, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards formed a coronavirus task force, which held its first meeting Monday. Four more people have died in the U.S. since the task force met. 

(Courtresy of Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC)

Update: Dr. Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans Health Department director, brief the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. There are still no known cases of the novel coronavirus in the city.

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The New Orleans Health Department has been monitoring the coronavirus — or the 2019 novel coronavirus (201-nCoV), as it's formally called — and the city on Wednesday held a meeting to discuss its preparedness.