The Louisiana Department of Health reported 105 new COVID-19 related deaths on Friday, the highest number since April 14 and the second highest daily number of COVID-19 related deaths the state has ever reported.
“We have lost nearly ten months of hard work to slow the spread of COVID in our state,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a released statement. “Despite all warnings from medical professionals and public officials, some people still insist on ignoring the mitigation measures that are proven to work, including wearing face masks.”
LDH also reported 3,372 new cases since Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 341,431 and total number of deaths to 7,833.
“These are people’s children and parents and friends and coworkers. They are our neighbors. They are our sisters and brothers,” Edwards said. “This should weigh heavily on the hearts of all Louisianans every time they leave their homes while COVID is so rampant.”
All 64 Parishes in the state classify as “highest community risk” by the CDC, meaning each parish has a percent positivity rate of above 10 percent and “widespread, uncontrolled transmission with many undetected cases.” Of the cases reported Friday, 97 percent are attributed to community spread. That means a person gets infected with no knowledge of interacting with an infected person.
Even though 81,585 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, Edwards said that doesn’t matter. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it will not matter if we do not get there.”