New coronavirus cases jumped in Louisiana in the week ending Sunday, rising 27.8% as 1,024 cases were reported. The previous week, 801 had new cases of the virus causing COVID-19.
Louisiana ranked as number 40 among the states where coronavirus spread fastest per capita. person, shows a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States fell by 10% compared to the week before, with 225,931 reported cases. With 1.4% of the country’s population, Louisiana had 0.45% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 31 states had more cases in the past week than they had in the week before.
Iberville Parish reported two cases and one death in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported two cases and zero deaths. During the entire pandemic, it has reported 8,531 cases and 153 deaths.
Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks were per. person in Lafayette Parish with 90 cases per 100,000 pr. week; Vermilion Parish with 72; and LaSalle Parish with 60. Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per year. 100,000 a week.
Adding the most new cases overall was Lafayette Parish, with 221 cases; Orleans Parish, with 189 cases; and Jefferson Parish, by 133. The number of weekly cases increased in 29 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Lafayette, Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
Louisiana ranked 48th among states in the proportion of people who received at least one shot, with 60.9% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.3%, shows a US TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses to be administered every few weeks.
In the week ending Sunday, Louisiana reported administering an additional 20,754 vaccine doses, including 3,008 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 24,174 vaccine doses, including 3,454 first doses. In total, Louisiana reported that it has administered 6,200,774 total doses.
Across Louisiana, cases dropped in 22 parishes, with the best drop in Caldwell Parish, with 2 cases from 162 a week earlier; in the East Baton Rouge Parish, with 49 cases out of 65; and in Lafourche Parish, with 9 cases from 22.
In Louisiana, 17 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 39 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,170,362 people in Louisiana have been tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 17,194 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 80,632,301 people tested positive and 988,618 people died.
Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospital admissions are rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data from Sunday, April 17th.
Likely COVID patients admitted to the state:
- Last week: 222
- The week before: 201
- Four weeks ago: 245
Likely COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 38,545
- The week before: 37,371
- Four weeks ago: 41,914
Hospitals in 22 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 15 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. Hospitals in 32 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week before, the U.S. TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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