WATCH: Ochsner holds briefing on COVID-19 omicron variant

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Ochsner Health held a briefing Tuesday to discuss the omicron variant, COVID-19 boosters, when to seek COVID-19 testing, and how to respond to a positive test.

Briefing speakers:

Dr. Baumgarten encourages people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive their boosters. She said people should not wait until after the holidays to get their boosters.

Ahead of holiday celebrations, Ochsner health officials said people should avoid gatherings if they are feeling ill and wear face masks.

As for testing, at-home testing is encouraged by Ochsner. Pevey-Mauk said anyone with mild symptoms should take ibuprofen, over-the-counter medications and drink plenty of fluids.

Testing locations can be found at

To make a vaccination appointment, visit

Ochsner health guidance during holidays:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Get vaccinated or get boosted.
  •  Mask up and celebrate outside.

Current Ochsner Health hospitalizations:

RegionToday (12-21-21)A week ago (12-14-21)Highest COVID-19 peak to date, the week of August 9, 2021
Baton Rouge5482
Greater New Orleans3715395
North Louisiana (Shreveport & Monroe)8*
*All 8 are in Shreveport; Zero COVID-19 hospitalizations in Monroe
Northshore/Hancock County, Miss.1415230
Source: Ochsner Health

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