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Shreveport mayor, hospital leaders address dramatic rise in COVID-19 hospitalization rates

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 9:58 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 2:25 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - In the past two weeks, northwest Louisiana has seen a 141% increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, health officials say.

As such, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and hospital leaders held a briefing Thursday, Aug. 5, to address this dramatic increase.

The mayor’s office says as of Wednesday, Aug. 4, 218 patients were hospitalized throughout the region. Fifty of those patients were admitted in just one day on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The briefing focused on what the city and hospitals are doing to help stop the rise, as well as what people can do themselves to help.

They repeated multiple times that we are all in this together, and that the most helpful thing everyone can do is get vaccinated and wear a mask.

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