The Louisiana Department of Health's Monday COVID update has given another slight drop to state coronavirus hospitalizations. 

The state reports 740 COVID hospitalizations today, down from 756 reported yesterday. 

Our COVID hospitalizations continue to slowly decrease in the state - a trend that is now several months in the making.

Our current COVID virus hospitalizations are lower than our state has seen since November after a brutal end to 2020 where our hospitalizations surged to new peaks with near 2,100 COVID patients needing beds.

The state reports 113 COVID patients on ventilators today, down from 120 yesterday.

In Region 3, the progress mirrors the state. 

At the peak of the third wave, our region had 113 COVID patients hospitalized. Today, the number is 30, a slight increase from 28 reported yesterday.

COVID patients in the region needing ventilators is 5 today, the same as yesterday.

For the state as a whole, there are 468 new COVID cases today, bringing the state's confirmed virus case count to 366,302 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. 

The state's % positive today is 6.1% with 468 new cases and 7,579 processed tests.

Our positivity has plateaued near 5% in recent days - a sign of great progress. In the peak of the third wave, our positivity was regularly above 10%. 

The state reports 11 new COVID deaths today, bringing Louisiana's confirmed COVID death totals to 8,808 since the start of the pandemic. 

In Lafourche, there are 9 new confirmed COVID cases today, bringing the parish's confirmed case totals to 6,941.

The parish has a 7.2% positive rate today. 


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