Jan. 18: COVID deaths in Louisiana continue steady climb as 8,253 reported dead
About this article: This KNOE article tracks COVID-19 data in Northeast Louisiana. New data and trends are updated each afternoon after the La. Dept. of Health releases their daily data. Hospitalization data is categorized by State Health Region. Region 8 consists of Monroe and the surrounding areas/parishes. (View a map of LDH Region 8 here.) Northeast Louisiana refers to KNOE’s local coverage area in the state, which includes Region 8 parishes along with Winn, Concordia, Catahoula, and La Salle. Hospital data doesn’t include these four parishes, but our local case and death counts do.
Jan. 18 Update:
COVID-related deaths in Louisiana continue to climb at a steady rate, with 50 additional deaths statewide reported on Jan. 18. The state has averaged about 40 COVID-related deaths a day since the beginning of the year. Among those 50, eight were from Northeast Louisiana.
Region 8 has 184 COVID-positive hospitalizations as of Jan. 17. This is a drop from 199 the previous day.
As is typical of Mondays, the state reported 10,465 COVID test results. That’s a relatively low number as most days post between 30k and 50k results.
Of these tests, there were:
- 961 positives statewide
- 47 positives in Ouachita Parish
- 89 positives in NELA (Including Ouachita)
Reviewing the Previous Two Weeks:
LDH reported 48 COVID-related deaths in Northeast Louisiana parishes over the week, from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17. This was lower than the first full week of 2021 (Jan. 4 to Jan. 10) in which 68 NELA residents were reported dead. However, the week still ended with more deaths than four of the previous eight weeks. Notably, LDH had some reporting issues on Jan. 15. It’s unclear whether these issues had an effect on the week’s numbers.
Latest Positivity Rates:
The positivity rate of tests in Ouachita Parish remains high, according to the latest data. It’s 16.8 for Ouachita Parish. For all of Region 8, it is 13.3. The collection dates for those tests were from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6. A positivity rate below 5% is recommended by health experts worldwide. Getting above 10% puts the area in the “red zone”, which means community spread is considered high. Lincoln, Jackson, Caldwell, Franklin, Morehouse are above 5% but below 10%. La Salle is at 10%. All other NELA parishes are above 10%.
Latest Local Hospitalization Numbers
Here is a look at hospitalization numbers for Region 8 in the latest report and the previous report, along with a few other recent days for comparison. The numbers reported each day account for totals through the previous day and will be dated accordingly. For example, data released in the Dec. 17 Report will be dated and listed as Dec. 16 Data.
|Latest Report (Jan. 17 Data)||184||106||29|
|Prev. Report (Jan. 16 Data)||199||111||23|
|Jan. 7 Data||217||107||28|
|Jan 1. Data||182||-||-|
|Dec. 31 Data)||188||-||-|
|Dec. 15 Data||186||98||26|
|Dec. 10 Data||165||109||14|
|Dec. 1 Data||125||94||31|
|Nov. 23 Data||110||-||-|
|Record (See Notes)||217||118||14|
*The current Region 8 hospitalization record was set on Jan. 7. (The data, as always, was released with the following day’s update.) This is an all-time record. For ICU beds, the current record only accounts for data starting Dec. 7 and going forward. The most listed as ‘Used’ was recorded on Jan. 2. The fewest listed as ‘Open’ was recorded on Dec. 10.
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Latest New Cases & Tests (By LDH Reporting Date)
1/15 - Due to a data system issue, LDH did not update deaths on 1/15/2021.
1/1 & 1/2 - No numbers were released on New Year’s Day or the following Saturday.
12/25 & 12/26 - No numbers were released on Christmas or the following Saturday.
Here are the daily new case numbers in Louisiana, including Northeast Louisiana and Ouachita Parish (OP). Case numbers are influenced by testing numbers, so take that into account when comparing day-to-day numbers. Data is dated by the day of release.
|Date||OP Cases||NELA Cases||LA Cases||LA Tests||LA Deaths|
General notes: All above data includes antigen testing. No data is released on Saturdays. Sundays account for two days of data. Case counts may reflect the number of reported tests, so statewide daily testing numbers are included in the chart above. There are fewer tests done over the weekend, so Mondays typically report fewer cases. The numbers are from the new dashboard, which now includes antigen-positive cases (people who tested positive for the antigen instead of testing positive from a normal COVID-19 test.) Click here to read more about antigen tests and how the state is using them.
*1/14 - A backlog is included in today’s case and test count resulting from a newly on-boarded lab. This backlog includes 916 cases and 4,963 total tests. The cases date as far back as 11/9/20.
*12/25 & 12/26 - No numbers were released on Christmas or the following Saturday.
*On 12/2, the state added a total of 3,604 cases to their count, but said 1,551 were backlogged cases, with some going back to April. Our entry for LA Cases on 12/1 removed the backlogged cases to get a true new case total of 2,053. However, they did not specify how many tests were backlogged tests, but backlogged cases represent about 42% of the LA cases reported on this day.
*Thanksgiving Thursday: No data was released on Thanksgiving (11/26).
*OP & NELA Cases on 11/20 - LDH says reported numbers include a statewide backlog of 2,538 COVID cases on 69,125 tests reported to the state. Collection dates range from 9/12-11/18. 872 cases came from the Monroe region. The numbers in parentheses are the results of subtracting backlogged cases from the day’s numbers. The exact number of new cases in NELA and Ouachita Parish is unclear since exact parish-by-parish backlog data is not available, but KNOE estimates NELA to have 266-368 actual new cases and Ouachita to have between 75-122 new cases, based on previous rates and data.
The following interactive graphic shows the latest number of reported coronavirus cases in Louisiana. (Click here if it doesn’t load.)
PLEASE NOTE: The Louisiana Department of Health will update its website daily at noon, except on Saturdays.
Total Deaths & Cases in Northeast Louisiana
The following chart shows the total number of reported COVID-19 deaths in Northeast Louisiana starting on Nov. 17. Each box has a date in it. The number in bold is the total as of that day. The number in parentheses is the difference from the previous day. For our purposes, Northeast Louisiana is defined as the parishes in the chart below this one, which are in KNOE’s Louisiana coverage area. Numbers may go down when the patient’s parish of residence is determined to be different than what was originally reported. No report is published on Saturday.
NELA Deaths: Running Total
See the following chart for the total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in Northeast Louisiana. Since LDH does not release presumed recoveries by parish, the following chart will show how many active cases there were in previous weeks. Starting on 11/15, the total now includes antigen-positive cases. You may need to scroll horizontally to see all the numbers. (Horizontal scrolling not possible on all devices.)
NELA Total Deaths and Daily Total Case Count by Parish (By Reporting Date)
*11/20 includes a statewide backlog of 2,538 COVID cases on 69,125 tests reported to the state. 872 cases came from the Monroe region.
Statewide All-Time Numbers
|LA COVID-19 Cases All Time||Deaths||Presumed Recovered||Est. Active|
Est. Active: Estimated active cases. This number was reached by subtracting the number of deaths statewide and the most recent state-reported number of presumed recoveries from the latest reported total number of cases overall. The state releases the number of presumed recovered weekly, so the number of active cases listed above is an approximation and should not be considered exact.
Confirmed vs. Probable Cases: Confirmed cases include individuals with positive COVID-19 confirmatory test results reported to LDH. Cases are assigned to parish based on the residence of the patient. Patients may be hospitalized or seek care outside their Parish of residence. Probable cases include individuals with a positive test detecting SARS-CoV-2 antigens in a clinical specimen. Individuals initially identified as having a positive antigen test, who are later identified as having a positive confirmatory test will be removed from the probable case count and added to the cumulative case count.
Confirmed vs. Probable Deaths: Confirmed deaths are deaths that occur in an individual that meets the confirmed case definition as described above OR death in an individual that meets the case definition for MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children). Probable deaths are deaths that occur in an individual that meets the probable case definition as described above OR a death in an individual that meets vital records criteria with no COVID-19 laboratory testing available. Click here for underlying conditions.
1 Person = 1 Case: Gov. John Bel Edwards says each case represents one person, no matter how many tests they’ve taken. He says any assertion to the contrary is wrong and calls it irresponsible to spread such misinformation. While duplicates make their way into the count at times, health officials say they work daily to identify and remove these cases from the total.
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