BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana is running low on supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Lady of the Lake’s Dr. Catherine O’Neal said we are now in another surge.
“Our Covid positive patients did double over the weekend, so we are in a surge now,” she said. “It feels like everybody has Covid again.”
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reports more than 12,000 cases over the four-day holiday weekend.
Omicron shows to be less severe, but it is fast spreading. The variant is now the dominant strain in the state.
Dr. Ronald Andrews said there is an issue with getting people a Covid test. The demand is growing, but tests are running out.
“With the Omicron surge coming so soon off the Delta surge and peak, we are having trouble keeping up with testing,” said Andrews, Baton Rouge Pediatric and Internal Medicine Associates.
According to O’Neal, the state has now exhausted monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19. The infusion treatment is used to fight off the chance of going to the hospital.
“Unfortunately, our monoclonal antibodies don’t work against Omicron, which is the majority of our cases in the community,” she said.
The federal government plans to ship a new formulated monoclonal treatment along with the COVID-19 pill and 500 million tests during the first week of January.
“We are going to reserve that monoclonal antibody for people at highest risk of death from COVID-19,” said O’Neal.
That means the last week of December will be crucial for residents to be Covid aware.
Dr. Andrews carries rapid and PCR tests but believes he only has enough supplies until New Year’s Eve.
“Between now and next week, as fast as Omicron is spreading, doubling every two or three days, we really have our hands tied,” he said.
At Dr. Andrews’ office, there is a sign of people doing their part to put the pandemic at rest.
“Of people either getting their booster because it was recommended. Or people finally agreeing to take the initial series of vaccinations,” he said.
More information on the COVID-19 test and vaccines is available here.