Ascension Parish COVID-19 cases per capita among highest in country

Ascension Parish among highest in nation for per capita cases of COVID-19

ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Ascension Parish has one of the largest number of coronavirus cases, per capita, in the entire country, new figures show.

Now with 91 confirmed cases, when you factor in population, Ascension is ranked number twelve in the United States among parishes or counties with more than 100,000 residents, the data shows.

Number of coronavirus cases in Ascension Parish
Number of coronavirus cases in Ascension Parish (Source: WVUE)

Westchester County in New York has the most cases with 614 cases for every 100,000 residents.

Three more areas in New York, including New York City, are in the top five.

Orleans Parish is also in the top five with 256 cases for every 100,000 residents.

Ascension Parish, at number 12, shows 72 positive novel coronavirus cases for every 100,000 residents.

To put that in perspective, when you factor in population, Ascension Parish now has more cases than King County, Washington, which includes Seattle. That’s the part of the United States where the outbreak was first detected.

“As we monitor the numbers coming in daily, we remind our citizens to continue to take precautions,” Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment said late Thursday. “As per our Governor’s guidance, we encourage our citizens to continue the stay-at-home order to minimize infection. Let’s all see this action through in order to save lives.”

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