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Rising COVID-19 cases causing added stress to ArkLaTex hospitals

Rising COVID-19 cases are causing issues for many emergency rooms in the ArkLaTex.
Rising COVID-19 cases are causing issues for many emergency rooms in the ArkLaTex.(KY3)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 12:18 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, emergency rooms across the ArkLaTex are seeing more and more patients.

This rise in patients is affecting Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier. Health officials say the majority of cases are from those who are unvaccinated.

The CDC is calling the new rise in cases a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” This all comes as the Delta variant is becoming more and more prevalent and causing more cases.

According to LSU Oschner Health, they are seeing a 700% increase in cases compared to last month and a 20% rise in positivity. That’s the highest positivity rate since March 2020.

At Ochsner, a representative says beginning Aug. 17, employees who are unvaccinated will be tested weekly and will not be allowed to attend in-person meetings. Everyone will also be required to wear masks. Employees who have been vaccinated will be given a green badge to wear so they can be easily identified.

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