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Delta variant of the novel coronavirus driving up Louisiana’s COVID-19 numbers

By: - July 8, 2021 9:21 am

The first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Louisiana the week starting Dec. 14, 2020, including these doses that arrived at Ochsner Lafayette General. (Photo courtesy Ochsner Health)

With the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus spreading across Louisiana parishes, recent data indicate a corresponding uptick in COVID-19 cases. 

Hospitalization rates have been steadily rising in the past few days, starting on July 1 with 259 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. On July 7, 348 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 1,229 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, with Louisiana residents ages 18-29 experiencing the highest rate of new coronavirus cases. 

The parishes with the highest community risk are La Salle, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Livingston, St. Martin, St. Mary and Lafourche. 

Louisiana Department of Health Communications Strategist Kevin Litten said this increase in delta variant transmission illuminated the need for vaccination. 

“The Department does see the Delta variant as a factor in the rise of cases, given it’s shown to be highly transmissible and potentially more dangerous,” Litten said in an interview Wednesday. “We are concerned that there are still large numbers of people in Louisiana haven’t yet chosen to get the vaccine, which is safe and effective and provides a high degree of protection from the virus.”

As of Wednesday, 3,315, 817 total vaccine doses had been administered in Louisiana, with more than 2,000 vaccine providers enrolled in the state.  

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro is a contributing reporter to the Illuminator. She has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.