An eighth Louisiana coronavirus patient has died as the state’s number of cases soared above 300 Thursday.
The eighth death was a patient in St. James Parish, the first death outside of the New Orleans area.
Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Wednesday there will likely be an avalanche of new cases reported as testing expands.
“Things are going to get much worse before they get better,” he said.
Cases were reported in four new parishes — St. James, Lafayette, Plaquemines and West Baton Rouge and are now in 17 parishes overall.
Edwards has scheduled a 3:30 p.m. Thursday press conference to update the public on the coronavirus crisis in Louisiana.