The state of Louisiana is reporting another sizable increase in its COVID-19 case count for Thursday.

State COVID-19 cases rose from 52,477 to 53,415 in the new update, which encompassed processed tests from 12:01 p.m. yesterday to 11:59 a.m. today.

The state processed 12,160 of those tests in the new update.

Adding 938 new cases to 12,160 processed tests is a 7.7 percent positive test rate.

The state has 3,051 COVID-19 deaths. That's up from the 3,039 reported yesterday. 

For Lafourche Parish, COVID-19 cases increased from 1,056 to 1,064 in the new update. The parish now has 85 deaths, that's up two from the number the state reported yesterday. 

The total numbers are one thing, but the more accurate indicator of success in the pandemic are hospitalizations. 

At the peak of the pandemic, the state had 2,100+ patients hospitalized with COVID-related ailments. That number is now 653. It was 631 yesterday.

Hospitalizations had dropped into the mid-500s earlier this month, but have slowly crept back up.

Ventilator use, too, has gone down. There are 77 patients on ventilators with COVID-ailments. That number was also 77 yesterday. 

That number, too, has been on a slight incline in recent days, but the state now has plenty ventilators in stock due to federal reinforcements. 

In Region 3, there are 14 patients hospitalized, the same number as yesterday.

There are now 0 patients on ventilators in Region 3, down from 1 yesterday. 

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