COVID cases and hospitalizations are slowly starting to rise again throughout the United States.

But the situation in Louisiana remains under far better control than it was during our last peak.

The state added 863 new COVID cases today, bringing the state's total number of COVID cases to 174,638.

The state's % positive rate today is 4.3% with 863 new cases and 19,645 processed tests.

Louisiana's rate of positivity is below national averages, as COVID cases have slowly started to be on the incline around the country. Yesterday, the United States added more than 60,000 new cases with several states posting their largest-ever single day numbers. Some of the hardest-hit states have been in the Midwest and up toward the Dakotas.

The country's % positive yesterday was 6.2%, which is also a little higher than it's been in recent weeks. Louisiana has not seen a day with a positive rate above 6% in more than a month.

For Louisiana, there were 20 COVID deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the state's total COVID deaths to 5,527.

For Lafourche Parish, there were 3 new COVID cases in the past 24 hours. The parish's % positive rate today is 1.1% with 3 new cases and 259 processed tests.

The parish has 124 COVID deaths.

Our hospitalizations have plateaued in recent days, but our state hospitals system has more leeway now than it had many months ago.

At the peak of the last COVID wave, the state reported as many as 1,600 COVID hospitalizations.

Today, that number is 557. It was 566 yesterday.

The state's hospitalization numbers have been plateaued for now 2-3 weeks with some days seeing small increases and others small decreases.

There are 60 COVID patients on ventilators in the state. That number was 61 yesterday.

In our region, Region 3, COVID hospitalizations dropped from 14 to 13. Ventilator use in our region stayed flat at 1. 

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