BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana Department of Health says that the number of people that have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 has doubled this past week.

449 people are now hospitalized. LDH says the last time a large number of people were hospitalized was in the middle of October. 80 percent of the current hospitalizations are unvaccinated individuals.

“A total of 9,545 new COVID-19 cases out of 59,139 new tests have been reported to the state since December 23,” an official LDH press release said. “The testing data do not include results from at-home tests. The Louisiana Department of Health will resume updating the COVID-19 dashboard on Monday, December 27.”

LDH officials urge Louisianians to take safety precautions ahead of New Year’s Eve on Friday by recommending COVID-19 testing for anyone who is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. Find testing information here.

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