LDH sees sharp increase in Omicron cases

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The South African doctor who alerted officials of the possibility of a new variant, later named omicron, said the “unusual but mild” symptoms were what caught her attention. (Photo: Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) officials estimate Omicron cases in the state is 88.5% for the week of Dec. 25.

LDH notes that the estimate for the Omicron proportion is preliminary and subject to change ahead of sequencing data.

According to LDH, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the proportion of Omicron in HHS Region 6 (which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) is 86.7%. Furthermore, 95% of parishes are at the 2 highest levels of community transmission.”

The state health department said individuals not fully vaccinated account for 64% of new cases from Dec. 16 through Dec. 22 and those not fully vaccinated account for 79% of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Dec. 28.

Health officials continue to urge vaccinations, boosters and taking precautions such as masking and social distancing.

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