LDH: 2,900 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday; deaths surpass 8,000

LDH: 2,900 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday; deaths surpass 8,000
(Source: WVUE FOX 8)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 355,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state:

  • 355,835 total cases (2,902 new cases)
  • 8,022 deaths (51 additional deaths)
  • 2,029 patients in the hospital
  • 235 patients on ventilators
  • 298,614 patients recovered (as of Jan. 13)

Governor John Bel Edwards announced on Jan. 12 that Louisiana would remain in a modified Phase 2 in the COVID-19 recovery process. This will remain in effect until at least Feb. 10.

For bars in parishes above 5 percent positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.

Retail businesses may open at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses

Click here to read the Governor’s updated order.

Regions 6 (Central La.), 7 (Shreveport), 8 (Monroe) and 9 (Northshore) are all seeing the most COVID hospitalizations.

On Monday Jan. 11, Louisiana doubled the number of pharmacies that were administering the vaccine. More than 200 locations have received limited doses.

Those vaccines will be available only for people 70 years old and above and ambulatory/outpatient care personnel.

Patients must call and make an appointment at the pharmacy. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated.

VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF PHARMACIES HERE

LDH has released stats on the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered. So far, more than 159,000 doses have been administered as of Jan. 12.

21,000 people have received the second shot to complete their vaccination.

Vaccine information is updated on Tuesday and Thursday here.

The Governor also declared an emergency for the elections in February, March and April of 2021, per a request from the Secretary of State.

“What we are seeing is a huge spike in COVID cases and hospitalizations across the state, putting us in a dangerous position where we are seeing major stress on our health care systems. These continued mitigation measures are completely necessary, but they only work if people follow them. Informal social gatherings are the biggest culprit right now and people need to understand that you should not be spending time with those outside of your household unless it is absolutely necessary,” Gov. Edwards said. “We also strongly recommend that any employer who can should have their employees work from home whenever possible. We are very fortunate to live in a time when we have the technology to do many things from the safety of our own home that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. Let’s take advantage of that technology in order to slow the spread.”

The percent of tests with a COVID-positive result is on the rise in Orleans Parish as well.

The positivity rate in New Orleans is currently 9.7 percent as of Jan 13.

Average daily cases have increased from roughly 30 throughout most of the Fall months to now over 200.

The city moved into a modified Phase 1 on Jan. 8 and will be in effect for at least three weeks.

Gatherings and special events will not be allowed except for people who live together in a single household.

  • All indoor activities will be reduced to 25% of permitted occupancy.
  • Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be reduced to 4% of permitted occupancy.
  • Tables – at restaurants, or outdoor seating at bars or breweries – will be limited to 6 people and everyone must be from the same household. Bars and breweries can serve alcoholic beverages through drive thru, takeout, curbside pickup

Not allowed:

  • Concert halls
  • Amusement parks
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Arcades
  • Indoor playground and play centers
  • Second lines and parades
  • Dance clubs
  • Adult live entertainment venues

“We need everyone’s cooperation to slow the spread and save lives immediately. If you can work from home, work from home. If you have a playdate, dinner party, sleepover, barbeque, visit to a relative or other gathering scheduled, please cancel it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines underway in Louisiana, but vaccines only work for those who are alive to receive them.,” said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director of the New Orleans Health Department.

For a full list of current guidelines, visit the website here.

In Jefferson Parish, the positivity rate is currently 16.1 percent while St. Tammany is 15.4 percent positivity.

Positivity rates are updated on Wednesday.

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