The Louisiana Department of Health reported 1,150 more coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths in its noon update Tuesday.
The number of hospitalizations increased by 21, and the number of patients in need of ventilators increased by 14.
These are another few key statewide statistics as of Tuesday:
— Total cases: 184,769
— Total deaths: 5,737
— Currently hospitalized: 619
— Currently on ventilators: 84
— Presumed recovered: 168,634 as of Oct. 26 (updated weekly)
— Probable cases: 4,379 as of Oct. 28 (updated weekly)
Note: The Advocate and The Times-Picayune staff calculates daily case count increases based on the difference between today’s total and yesterday’s total of confirmed coronavirus cases. The Louisiana Department of Health releases a daily case count on Twitter based on the deletion of duplicate cases. That case count can be different than the one listed here.
You can view more graphs and charts breaking down the data by clicking here.
Louisiana began reopening for Phase 1 on May 15-16 then moved to Phase 2 on June 5. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Louisiana’s Phase 2 restrictions twice in August before moving the state to Phase 3 on Sept. 11.
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Free food and discounts are up for grabs this Election Day regardless of whether you have an “I Voted” sticker.
Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts to all along with a special voting sticker while supplies last Tuesday. Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the stress of the election with a free workout and massage Tuesday through Nov. 8.
With more mail-in ballots and early voting this year, fewer people will have the “I Voted” stickers as proof to show they voted. According to federal law, it technically is illegal to offer freebies in exchange for votes and businesses typically skirt this by offering the deals to all.
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Election Day also is National Sandwich Day and several restaurants are offering discounts and specials on subs Tuesday.
Free and discounted rides to the polls
A popular Election Day discount is a ride to the polls. Aside from ride-sharing apps offering deals, several cities and communities are providing free rides on Election Day including Los Angeles and Indianapolis, Indiana. Check with your local transit system to see if they have an offer.
Hertz: When you book a rental car for two or more days Monday or Tuesday, get a free day “to perform your civic duty,” the car rental company said. This offer is valid at participating neighborhood locations and a 24-hour advance reservation is required. Learn more at www.hertz.com.
Lyft: Get 50% off one ride up to $10 Tuesday to any polling location or dropbox using the code 2020VOTE. Lyft also is including its network of bikes and scooters in select cities in this offer.
The North American Bikeshare Association: The association’s Roll to the Polls industry-wide campaign offers “free or reduced-cost transportation to voters” Tuesday. Learn more here.
Uber: Get 50% off roundtrip rides to the polls, up to $7 each way or up to $14 for the two trips. Uber says the discounts will be “automatically applied when you request your ride by using the polling finder,” which is an in-app feature. Terms and conditions apply and this offer is not available in California and Michigan.
Election Day freebies and deals
Here are the deals available Tuesday at participating locations unless otherwise noted. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.
Biggby Coffee: The chain will have a buy-one-get-one free or $1 off any drink up to 24-ounces at participating locations.
Bobo’s: The brand is offering 2,000 coupons for free oat bars Tuesday to those who voted. Register to get a coupon mailed by filling out a form at www.eatbobos.com/vote. It’s optional to share a photo of your “I Voted” sticker, the website says.
Boston Market: From 9 p.m. to close at all locations nationwide Tuesday, get one free slider. No purchase is necessary.