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ArkLaTex areas seeing 4th surge in COVID-19 cases

(Dakota, Michael | 19 News)
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 5:34 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Over the last few weeks we’ve seen major outbreaks in Arkansas and Louisiana. Now the cases are a little closer to home after a motor vehicle office in Minden shut down.

The Office of Motor Vehicles in Minden says they are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Right now, Governor John Bel Edwards says if more don’t get vaccinated, it’s like we are going back on all the progress that we have made here in Louisiana.

“I want people to listen to this very clearly, since February of this year 97 percent of cases and deaths have been in individuals who are not vaccinated,” he said.

Infectious Disease Doctor Catherine O’Neal voiced her concerns as she spoke about the fourth COVID surge in the state.

“The delta variant is not last year’s virus and it’s becoming apparent to health care workers that we are dealing with a different beast,” she said.

O’Neal said right now they are seeing an increase in admissions of children and pregnant women.

“This spring our pregnant mothers are at risk. We are seeing them admitted, we are seeing them ventilated and we’re seeing the loss of their children,” she said.

In Louisiana, 50 percent of adults have taken at least one dose of the vaccine. Health experts and leaders just want everyone to get on one accord, but people have their own opinions.

“I believe it’s just something going around like the flu,” Jane Bryan said.

“I think it’s all going to get better with time,” Scott Deaton said.

Gov. Edwards says he is not considering mandating any new COVID rules at this time.

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