Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate hits record high

Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate hits record high
Northwest Louisiana’s hospitalization rate is among the highest in the state. According to state data, 1,993 Louisianans are in hospitals — the most since the early days of the pandemic in April of last year. A total of 207 of these patients are on ventilators. (Source: Pexels/Generic Photo)

NORTHWEST LOUISIANA (KSLA) - It is a sobering reality: Louisiana has more patients in hospitals across the state fighting COVID-19 than ever before.

Sadly, Northwest Louisiana’s hospitalization rate is among the highest in the state. According to state data, 1,993 Louisianans are in hospitals — the most since the early days of the pandemic in April of last year. A total of 207 of these patients are on ventilators.

Hospitalizations in Louisiana break record

In Region 7, which makes of Shreveport-Bossier, 375 people are in local hospitals with the coronavirus. Similar to state data, never has there been a time during the pandemic when hospitals have treated this many COVID-19 patients.

The only other part of the state with more patients is Region 1 - New Orleans.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards addressed the grim numbers during a news conference on Tuesday.

“The hospital is full of people who didn’t believe it [COVID-19] was that serious,” Gov. Edwards said. “We have families grieving today because they didn’t do what was required to protect their loved ones.”

Louisiana hospitalizations reach new highs

Of course, the state’s vaccination efforts provide a glimmer of hope. 56,452 doses have been administered. though this number is likely higher, as there is a delay in state data.

Louisiana also added 6,882 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday - another unprecedented rise in cases. 7,681 Louisianans have lost their lives to the virus.

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