BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Five days after reporting the third highest single day total for COVID-19 cases in the state, the Louisiana Department of Health is confirming some startling numbers.
Over the last five days, the state has seen an increase of 377 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.
Since the last report by the Louisiana Department of Health, the state has recorded 7,592 new COVID-19 cases.
LDH is stressing that these most recent numbers are not a backlog and community spread is to blame:
While this update includes a weekend’s worth of reporting, 99% of these newly reported cases date back to the last week (7/18-7/25), i.e., this does not represent a backlog.— Louisiana Department of Health (@LADeptHealth) July 26, 2021
The number of COVID patients on ventilators has almost doubled over the last five days from 64 to 113.
Baton Rouge is one of the top three regions in the state that is seeing an increase in new cases.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, “this update also represents new cases reported in all 9 regions of the state, with the largest shares from Regions 1 (New Orleans), 9 (Northshore) and 2 (Baton Rouge).”
10,914 people have now died from COVID-19 in Louisiana.