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July 22: Louisiana reports 2,800+ new COVID cases, 43% among ages 18-39

98% of the cases reported to the state on July 22 were community spread.
98% of the cases reported to the state on July 22 were community spread.(CDC)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 12:45 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - On July 22, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported 2,843 new cases of COVID-19. This makes 8,231 newly identified cases reported over the last two days. 5,388 new cases were reported the previous day, which was the third-highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of July 22′s newly reported cases, 43% are among ages 18-39. The most recent increase in case numbers puts the state on the wrong side of a fourth COVID surge. It’s the first surge since vaccines became available. The unvaccinated make up a large number of positives.

Hospitals in Northeast Louisiana are seeing big spikes in COVID patients. Inpatient hospitalizations nearly tripled across North Louisiana Ochsner LSU Health System in the past week. Over the last two weeks, St. Francis Medical Center has gone from a daily average of about 6-10 COVID patients in the hospital to about 24 patients.

LDH also released the following information, which is italicized. You can see more COVID data on the state’s COVID dashboard.

The Louisiana Department of Health reports 2,843 #COVID19 cases reported to the state since July 21, 2021. The total number of cases reported to the state is 509,716.

Of these cases, 2,012 are confirmed cases and 831 are probable cases.

Because of the daily removal of newly identified duplicates and out of state cases, the new case increase may not match the difference between today’s and yesterday’s total case count.

The collection dates for these cases (99%) fall between July 14 and July 21, 2021.

98% of the cases reported to the state today were community spread.

2% of the cases reported to the state today were in congregate settings.

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 (25%) and 30 and 39 (18%) account for the largest portion of these cases.

Since the last report, 24,835 new tests have been reported to the state, bringing the total number of tests to 8,053,461. Of the tests reported today, 20,702 were PCR tests and 4,153 were antigen tests.

The state is reporting 913 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of yesterday.

There have been 15 deaths reported to the state since July 21. The current total death count is 10,889.

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