A Monday update from the Louisiana Department of Health has given new cases to both the state and Lafourche Parish.

State cases rose from 56,236 to 57,081 in the new update, which comprises processed tests between 12:01 p.m. yesterday to 11:59 a.m. today.

The state processed 8,526 of those tests in the new update.

Adding 845 new cases to 8,526 processed tests represents a 9.9% positive rate, which is higher than we've seen in recent weeks.

The state now has 3,091 total COVID-19 deaths. That's up from the 3,086 deaths reported yesterday. Adding 5 deaths is far lower than the state average.

In Lafourche Parish, cases rose from 1,097 to 1,119 in the new update. The parish has 86 deaths from COVID-19.

The most important data to track in the pandemic is hospitalizations, the stats that can be used to track whether we can continue our re-opening efforts.

The state once had as many as 2,100+ patients hospitalized at the peak of the pandemic, a number that sunk to as few as 550+ as our curve flattened.

But in recent weeks, those numbers have slowly crept back up. There are 737 patients hospitalized today. There were 715 yesterday.

Ventilator use has followed the same curve. There were once 571 patients on ventilators with COVID-19 issues, but that number is now 79. It was 76 yesterday.

Ventilators are no longer as big an issue as they were at the peak of the pandemic, because we have received federal reinforcements and have far more than 1,000 in reserve.

For our region, Region 3, COVID hospitalizations jumped from 14 to 20 in the past 24 hours.

Patients on ventilators also rose from 1 to 2. 

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