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La. breaks peak hospitalization record for fourth day in a row

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the state's latest surge in coronavirus cases, on...
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the state's latest surge in coronavirus cases, on Friday, July 23, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)(Melinda Deslatte | AP)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 12:22 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - For the fourth day in a row, Louisiana has broken the record for COVID-positive patients in hospitals statewide.

Governor John Bel Edwards will address the state live on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

In what has been coined the “darkest days of this pandemic,” the state’s department of health reported 2,421 patients in hospitals statewide on Aug. 6, a daily increase of 71 patients. Over 309 patients have been admitted to hospitals since Aug. 3.

  • Aug. 3 - 2,112
  • Aug. 4 - 2,247
  • Aug. 5 - 2,350
  • Aug. 6 - 2,421

The previous record was 2,069 set on Jan. 7.

“Louisiana is in the throes of a very difficult surge of COVID-19,” Governor John Bel Edwards said after reinstating a mask mandate. “Our healthcare heroes are exhausted and their ability to deliver care is being stretched to the limit. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, and help turn this around. The life you save may be your own.”

“We are no longer giving adequate care to those patients,” Dr. Catherine O’Neal said in a press conference Monday.

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