LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — In Livingston Parish, positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise. This came after what doctors said is a surge of the delta variant.
There was a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases in Livingston Parish with COVID numbers nearly twice that of surrounding parishes.
North Oaks Health System Infectious Disease Physician Stacy Newman said, “We’ve had probably a third to half of our patients at North Oaks from Livingston.”
Newman works with one of the area’s largest health systems.
She said, “The vaccination rates, from what I understand, are very low in Livingston Parish. I want to say twenty to thirty, at the most 30 percent.”
The number of Livingston Parish residents who are fully vaccinated today is 26 percent, that’s according to the state department of health. Newman believed the recent spike in cases is largely due to the delta variant.
Newman said, “I can tell you that the numbers are going up, it does look a little different. We do believe that over, I think they said in the state is at least 52 percent of the cases right now, across the state, are the delta strain.”
This mutation behaves slightly differently than the others.
“The main thing is, it’s very much more transmissible than others and because that mutation has occurred a little differently. We are seeing breakthrough cases at this point,” said Newman.
The more it dominates, the higher the need for protection.
She explained, “It not only applies to mask-wearing, but that can involve social distancing, and good ole’ hand washing.”
With more places opened back up, experts say it’s time for action.
Medical professionals say the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are effective against the COVID-19 delta variant.