COVID-19

COVID-19-related state hospitalizations have gone up in recent days, which is not good news.

But for our region, specifically, our area's hospitals are not seeing the same increase in hospitalized cases that the rest of the state is. 

State hospitalizations are up lately with some regions seeing uptick in hospitalized cases in recent days. 

But we're one of the few exceptions to that rule in Louisiana. 

In our region, we're seeing an influx of new cases, yes, but hospitalizations are not increasing. 

In Region 3 (which encompasses Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, Assumption, St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes) there are currently 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19 ailments and 2 patients are on ventilators because of COVID-19. At the peak of the pandemic, there were 132 patients in our region hospitalized with COVID-19. 

Our numbers are actually DOWN from where they were a few weeks ago - bucking the trends from around the state.

On June 13, we had 10 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 ailments in Region 3, a new pandemic low. But in the days that followed, we grew hospitalizations to 16 on June 16th. 

Since that time, there's been a downward trend and hospitalizations are back down to 11 again, near the low-point for the entire pandemic. 

The fear of running out of ventilators is virtually a non-issue at this time. There are 2 patients on ventilators in our region to treat COVID-19, part of the 12 total ventilators in use for our region. That means that 10 other ventilators are in use to treat non-COVID-19 ailments. 

There are more than 100 ventilators in stock, and our COVID-19-related ventilator use has been steady with 2-3 in use for the past month with no drastic rise or fall. On June 19, we did have a mark of prominence with 0 patients using ventilators for COVID-19, but in the days that have followed, the number has risen back and 2 COVID-19 patients are using the machines. 

We've been asked a lot about these numbers, so here they are - for our area (Region 3) and also for the entire state.

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State COVID-19 hospitalizations: 646 

Patients on ventilators for COVID-19: 83

COVID hospitalizations by Region:

Region 1 (New Orleans): 90 hospitalized, 19 on ventilators 

Region 2 (Baton Rouge): 69 hospitalized, 9 on ventilators 

Region 3 (Our Region): 11 hospitalized, 2 on ventilators 

Region 4 (Acadiana): 80 hospitalized, 8 on ventilators 

Region 5 (Southwest): 28 hospitalized, 4 on ventilators 

Region 6 (Central): 68 hospitalized, 9 on ventilators 

Region 7 (Shreveport/Bossier): 158 hospitalized, 12 on ventilators 

Region 8 (Monroe): 84 hospitalized, 19 on ventilators 

Region 9 (Northshore): 58 hospitalized, 1 on ventilators 

What areas are most troubled?

Region 4 - on June 1, Region 4 had 46 COVID hospitalizations; now, they have 80. 

Region 6 - on June 1, Region 6 had 49 COVID hospitalizations; now, they have 68. 

Region 7 - on June 12, Region 7 had 129 COVID hospitalizations; now, they have 158. 

How does our area compare?

On June 1, we had 25 hospitalizations, now we have 11. 

How many patients are hospitalized in the entire state (all ailments)? 

There are currently 9,175 patients in Louisiana hospitals. With 646 COVID-19 patients, we can determine that 7 percent of state hospitalizations right now are COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Total Hospitalizations by Region: 

Region 1: 1,973 beds in use; 90 for COVID-19. (4.5% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 2: 1,231 beds in use; 69 for COVID-19. (5.6% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 3: 419 beds in use; 11 for COVID-19. (2.6% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 4: 1,149 beds in use; 80 for COVID-19. (6.9% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 5: 454 beds in use; 28 for COVID-19. (6.1% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 6: 796 beds in use; 68 for COVID-19. (8.5% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 7: 1,503 beds in use; 158 for COVID-19. (10.5% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 8: 747 beds in use; 84 for COVID-19. (11.2% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

Region 9: 903 beds in use; 58 for COVID-19. (6.4% of beds used for COVID-19 patients). 

How many patients are on ventilators in Lousiana for COVID-19?

83.

How many patients are on ventilators for all conditions? 

481 

Of all ventilators employed in Louisiana, what percent of the cases are involving COVID-19? 

17.2 percent 

How many ventilators are available in the state? 

1,591

ICU Bedding By Region (all ailments; the state doesn't sort ICU beds by COVID or non-COVID)

Region 1: 362 in use; 236 available. 

Region 2: 134 in use; 108 available. 

Region 3: 49 in use; 49 available. 

Region 4: 134 in use; 46 available. 

Region 5: 51 in use; 39 available. 

Region 6: 87 in use; 35 available. 

Region 7: 281 in use; 123 available. 

Region 8: 119 in use; 62 available. 

Region 9: 101 in use; 71 available. 

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