Louisiana COVID hospitalizations rose again today in the Department of Health's end of week COVID report. 

The state reports 2,001 COVID hospitalizations today, up from 1,975 yesterday. 

COVID hospitalizations have generally been on the rise in Louisiana since October in the third wave of the pandemic.

In early-October, our COVID hospitalizations were just above 500. Now, those numbers are beyond 2,000.

But in recent days, there are signs that our increases may be plateauing. 

Last Friday, the state had 2,069 COVID hospitalizations. Today, the number is 2,001, so over the past 7 days, our hospitalizations have dropped - a possible sign that the momentum of the third wave is slowing. 

There are 242 COVID patients in Louisiana on ventilators today, down from 242 yesterday. 

In Region 3, our COVID hospitalizations went up slightly from 102 yesterday to 103. 

But patients on ventilators in the region dropped from 11 to 9 overnight.

In Louisiana, there are 3,712 new COVID cases today, bringing state totals to 322,565 confirmed virus cases.

The state's % positive rate today is 9.7% with 3,712 new COVID cases and 38,033 processed tests. 

The state did not report any new COVID deaths today due to a system error.

The parish has 54 new confirmed COVID cases today, bringing parish's confirmed virus totals to 5,920.

Lafourche's % positive rate today is 6.9% with 54 new confirmed COVID cases and 777 processed tests. 

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