NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — The Louisiana Department of Health released it’s daily coronavirus data Wednesday morning, confirming 6,800 new COVID-19 cases across the state.
According to LDH, this is the highest single-day COVID-19 case count to date, beating the state’s highest count of 6,700 just one week ago.
“Today’s update does NOT contain a backlog of cases. This is the highest number of daily cases reported to date in Louisiana that does not contain a backlog nor two days of reporting. The previous highest number of cases reported was 6,754 new cases on December 30,” LDH said in a tweet.
Forty-six new deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll to over 7,600.
According to the department of health, the 1,993 hospitalizations reported Wednesday is the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
LDH confirmed that the collection dates for most of these cases (96.4%) fall between Dec. 28 and Jan. 5, 2021.
LDH says 99% of the cases reported to the state Wednesday were community spread. One percent of the cases reported to the state were in congregate settings.
COVID-19 case surges are often seen two weeks after holidays.
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