The Louisiana Department of Health reported 9,378 new cases and five new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 816,228 and 14,983. Caddo and Bossier Parishes are considered “High Risk,” according to data with LDH.

That’s near twice as many cases as confirmed over the previous 24 hours.

According to LDH, 659 people are hospitalized, up by 145 since Tuesday. Of those, 28 are on ventilators. According to the state health department, 77 percent of those currently hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Since Tuesday, six more people have died. The LDH says 98 percent of the new cases are tied to community spread.

The number of new cases reported Wednesday in Northwest Louisiana also doubled over the number reported on Tuesday. Of the 1,327 new cases reported in NWLA Wednesday, more than half (660) is in Caddo Parish. Bossier Parish reported another 252 new COVID-19 cases.

Hospitalizations in Region 7 also rose by another 21 to 99 patients in Northwest Louisiana hospitals due to COVID-19.

According to the latest data from the LDH, all nine Northwest Louisiana parishes in Region 7 are at High Community Risk for coronavirus transmission. The CDC measures community risk by calculating the number of new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days.

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public, indoor settings in communities with the high or substantial transmission.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms, LDH urges you to get tested. Find the nearest testing site here.


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