Louisiana has set new hospitalization records every day for a week

FILE - Dr. Joseph Kanter, Louisiana's top public health officer, speaks about the state's...
FILE - Dr. Joseph Kanter, Louisiana's top public health officer, speaks about the state's COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination efforts on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Kanter says the peak of the state's latest coronavirus surge may be weeks away. He says facilities are increasingly having to turn away people with other life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks or strokes. Kanter was providing an update Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 to the state's top higher education board. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, file)(Melinda Deslatte | AP)
Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 2:45 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Coronavirus hospitalizations in Louisiana have broken pandemic-high numbers every day for a week, fuelled by the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

The city of New Orleans says it is in a dangerous situation.

“We are experiencing a severe outbreak of COVID-19 in the city,” spokesperson Beau Tidwell said in a press conference Tuesday morning.

On Aug. 3, the state reported 2,112 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, breaking the previous record of 2,069 set on Jan. 7.

Since then, 747 people have been admitted to hospitals statewide.

  • Aug. 3 - 2,112
  • Aug. 4 - 2,247
  • Aug. 5 - 2,350
  • Aug. 6 - 2,421
  • Aug. 9 - 2,720
  • Aug. 10 - 2,859

Dr. Joseph Kanter called the numbers “shocking.”

With many big events already canceled, including Jazz Fest, Red Dress Run, White Linen Night, the Running of the Bulls, and Gretna Fest, all eyes are on whether the city will enforce more mitigation measures. With no end in sight, plans for remaining fall events are in jeopardy.

“I would expect more aggressive mitigation measures to be considered if we do not peak within the one or two week timeframe,” Dr. Kanter said.

The state’s department of health also reported 93 deaths Tuesday, the highest since Jan. 8.


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Dr. Jennifer Avegno says hospitals are overwhelmed and care will suffer if this trend continues.

“Our hospitals, if you talk to hospital leadership, they are really scared in a way that I don’t remember them being scared last year,” Dr. Avegno said. “That’s because it’s not a space problem, it’s a staffing problem.”

“Nothing is off the table,” Tidwell said. “We’re in a dangerous spot and we need to do more. What that looks like; we have not yet determined.”

The U.S. is averaging more than 116,000 new coronavirus infections a day along with about 50,000 hospitalizations.

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