In A Flash
Louisiana sets another COVID-19 daily case count record: 17,592
COVID-19 case numbers in Louisiana do not include results from home tests. (Photo by Laura Olson/States Newsroom)
The omicron variant continues to fuel an increase coronavirus cases in Louisiana. The state health department reported a new single-day high for COVID-19 cases with 17,592, eclipsing a record set last week by nearly 2,800.
The Louisiana Department also reported 1,999 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and 14 deaths.
Individuals age 5-17 (20%) and 18-29 (20%) accounted for the largest share of new cases, followed by the 30-39 age group (17%). Region 2 reported the most new cases (31%), followed by 15% in Region 1 (Greater New Orleans), and 12% from Region 9 (Northshore).
Health officials attribute 97.5% of the new COVID-19 cases to community spread, as opposed to congregate settings where people gather together.
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