April 12: Nine new COVID deaths in NELA over seven days
About this article: This KNOE article tracks COVID-19 data in Northeast Louisiana. New data and trends are updated each afternoon, Monday through Friday, 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.
The number of people getting vaccinated in Northeast Louisiana continues to steadily increase. You can check the latest numbers here.
Given the low daily numbers and smaller day-to-day changes, updates to the charts will be on Mondays and Fridays.
If the numbers should begin to rise again, more updates will begin to appear here.
Latest Local Hospitalization Numbers
Update: Given the low number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the area, ICU beds will no longer be updated daily.
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. On Mondays, three days of COVID-19 hospitalization data is released in the daily report (Friday, Saturday and Sunday.)
|Latest Report (Apr. 11 Data)||12||-||-|
|Apr. 4 Data||8||-||-|
|Mar. 31 Data||12||-||-|
|Mar. 14 Data||18||82||55|
|Mar. 2 Data||37||84||52|
|Feb. 22 Data||56||86||50|
|Jan. 31 Data||113||101||34|
|Jan. 7 Data||217||107||28|
|Jan 1. Data||182||-||-|
|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. If you have any COVID-19 healthcare experiences or concerns you’d like to share, email email@example.com.
Latest New Cases & Tests (By LDH Reporting Date)
Here are the daily/weekly new case numbers in Louisiana, including Northeast Louisiana (NELA) and Ouachita Parish (OP). Case numbers are influenced by testing numbers, so take that into account when comparing day-to-day numbers. Updates are posted to the chart on Monday and Friday.
Latest Date-specific Notes:
Negative counts indicate cases that have been reassigned to other parts of the state or the removal of duplicate cases. - ❄: Much of NELA was snowed in for the week next to the snowflake symbol, which may account for the extremely low new cases numbers. - View prior date-specific notes after the chart.
|Date||OP Cases||NELA Cases||LA Cases||LA Tests||LA Deaths|
|4/12 (7 days)||68||190||3,090||107,435||76|
|4/5 (3 days)||23||74||1,259||63,271||4|
|4/1 (3 days)||46||130||1,558||62,590||39|
|3/29 (3 days)||-1||29||840||31,850||35|
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.
Previous Date-specific notes:
2/16: No data was released due to the Mardi Gras holiday. - 2/14 & 2/15 OP Cases and NELA cases are estimates based on the additional case count from 2/13 to 2/15. The total new case count over this time is accurate, but it’s unclear on which of the days the cases were reported. To get an estimate, one-third of the cases were assigned to 2/15 and two-thirds were assigned to 2/14, which is a Sunday and accounts for 2/14 and 2/13 cases. - 2/10 - LDH is reporting incomplete counts for tests and cases due to a server issue. - 2/4 - On 2/4/21 LDH is reporting a backlog from newly-reporting urgent care centers of 844 out of 2,758 cases as far back as 10/22/20. - 1/15 - Due to a data system issue, LDH did not update deaths on 1/15/2021. - 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. - 1/1 & 1/2 - No numbers were released on New Year’s Day or the following Saturday.
The following interactive graphic shows the latest number of reported coronavirus cases in Louisiana. (Click here if it doesn’t load.) PLEASE NOTE: This Monday’s update includes data for 3 days (3/20-3/22) because LDH no longer updates the dashboard on weekends.
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. For our purposes, Northeast Louisiana is defined as the parishes in the chart below this one, which are in KNOE’s Louisiana coverage area.
NELA Deaths: Running Total
0 New Deaths
9 New Deaths
|Week of 11/23/20|
34 New Deaths
|Week of 11/30/20|
36 New Deaths
|Week of 12/7/20|
40 New Deaths
|Week of 12/14/20|
49 New Deaths
|Week of 12/21/20|
35 New Deaths
|Week of 12/28/20|
54 New Deaths
|Week of 1/4|
68 New Deaths
|Week of 1/11|
48 New Deaths
|Week of 1/18|
62 New Deaths
|Week of 1/25|
29 New Deaths
|Week of 2/1|
30 New Deaths
|Week of 2/8|
19 New Deaths
|Week of 2/15|
15 New Deaths
|Week of 2/22|
26 New Deaths
|Week of 3/1|
13 New Deaths
|Week of 3/8|
16 New Death
|Week of 3/15|
13 New Deaths
|Week of 3/22|
13 New Deaths
7 New Deaths
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.
NELA Total Deaths and Daily Total Case Count by Parish (By Reporting Date)
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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