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A medical professional administers a test for the novel coronavirus, or COVID, at a new testing site at Our Lady of the Lake in Walker.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Louisiana continued to skyrocket on Tuesday, when officials added 169 to the statewide tally.

That marks the largest overnight increase in hospitalizations since March 2020, the very beginning of the pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, the state is reporting a total of 1,390 hospitalizations, which is the most since Feb. 1, near the end of the state’s winter surge. Since falling to 259 on July 2, hospitalizations have risen by 1,131.

The Louisiana Department of Health also reported another 14 COVID-19 patients on mechanical ventilators to bring that total to 127, the most since Feb. 18.

In other news, the state confirmed 4,043 new COVID-19 cases and 18 new deaths.

The state is also reporting 2,775 new “probable” cases and two “probable” deaths.

As of Tuesday, the state is reporting:

-- 439,122 confirmed COVID-19 cases

-- 88,131 “probable” cases

-- 9,873 confirmed COVID-19 deaths

-- 1,061 “probable” deaths

-- 8,168,115 COVID-19 tests

-- 3,483,291 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered; 1,706,544 series completed (updated every Monday and Thursday)

(1) comment

Lisa5500

Please y’all take this seriously. My mama is in the hospital on a ventilator. My brother, who is a trainer, healthy and works off-shore just got out of the hospital and has weeks of recovery ahead of him. The Delta variant is no joke. It’s so much more deadly than the first strain. Please please please get vaccinated. Our children need to go to school this year and they need healthy parents and grandparents.

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