US Covid-19 cases top one million, local officials prepare for Omicron peak

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The U.S. set a new global daily record of coronavirus cases with more than one million people diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday. Health officials in East Baton Rouge Parish addressed these troubling numbers.

“Today we are in the midst of yet another wave of COVID-19 infections, and this tide has risen once again,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Tests are harder to come by as COVID numbers have been at record highs.

“We have quadrupled our COVID inpatients since the week before Christmas. Still about half the volume that we had during the peak surge of Delta. But rapidly increasing, and we anticipate in the next week, following the holidays, that we’ll continue to see that uptick,” said Baton Rouge General Chief of Staff Dr. Louis Minsky.

Regardless of having a test, they said to pay attention to your symptoms.

“We don’t have any test. How do you manage that? We’ve done it with the flu. We’ve done it with the cold. I’ll encourage you if you have symptoms, you’re not able to get tested and you’re not able to see your doctor, stay home for five days. Isolate yourself when you go back to the public. Wear your mask,” he explained.

Health officials are prepared for the peak of Omicron, which some estimate to be late winter.

“Because it’s so contagious, it’s moving very fast, so we should peak sooner. Early suggestions could be as early as March, by mid-March, get through the peak and have it wind down,” said Dr. Minsky.

The city pushed some Martin Luther King Jr. Day events to February in hopes of cases going down.

“So we’re still going to honor the legacy and the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day, but we’re going to do it through a virtual platform,” said Mayor Broome.

If you’ve gotten your COVID-19 shot already, health leaders recommend that you get your booster shot.

The mayor said it’s too soon to make any plans or changes for Mardi Gras season.

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