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Louisiana sets another COVID-19 daily case count record: 17,592

By: - January 12, 2022 12:37 pm
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The availability of home testing means COVID-19 case number Louisiana is reporting only reveal a fraction of infections, state health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said. (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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Greg LaRose
Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune |, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.