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Louisiana surpasses 1 million total cases of COVID-19

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 12:10 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The State of Louisiana has surpassed 1 million total cases of coronavirus.

The news came with the Jan. 18, 2022, update which added 29,125 cases.

That puts Louisiana at a total of 1,025,748 cases. Of course, most of those cases are no longer active, but tens of thousands of new cases have been diagnosed in the last two weeks during the 5th surge.

The 5th surge has been the biggest surge of COVID yet, in terms of the number of new cases.

Here’s a look at the numbers from Tuesday’s update.

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