Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Lafayette, LA Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 16,000 new cases of coronavirus on June 10, bringing the total count to more than 33.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 592,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Lafayette, LA metro area consists of Lafayette Parish, Iberia Parish, Acadia Parish, and two other parishes. As of June 10, there were 10,074.4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Lafayette residents, roughly in line with the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring parishes. Within the Lafayette metro area, Acadia Parish has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of June 10, there were 10,770.6 cases per 100,000 residents in Acadia Parish, the most of any county in Lafayette, yet not too far from the county with the lowest incidence. In Vermilion Parish, there were 9,474.7 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Lafayette.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and parish governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Lafayette metro area, unemployment peaked at 13.9% in April 2020. As of March 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 6.6%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Lafayette, LA metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the parish level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the parishes in Louisiana where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents
33740 Monroe, LA 203,457 24,127 11,858.5 616 302.8
29340 Lake Charles, LA 208,549 23,521 11,278.4 449 215.3
43340 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 399,619 43,979 11,005.2 1,141 285.5
29180 Lafayette, LA 489,914 49,356 10,074.4 886 180.8
12940 Baton Rouge, LA 854,318 84,335 9,871.6 1,635 191.4
25220 Hammond, LA 132,057 12,974 9,824.5 301 227.9
26380 Houma-Thibodaux, LA 210,162 20,632 9,817.2 430 204.6
10780 Alexandria, LA 153,310 14,806 9,657.6 377 245.9
35380 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,267,777 121,944 9,618.7 2,591 204.4