LOUISIANA (WAFB) - This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19. Categories are listed alphabetically. If you have questions, Louisiana has a statewide call network. Please call 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211. If you are stressed out and need help from a free, confidential crisis counselor text REACHOUT to 741741.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported the following coronavirus cases for the state:

  • 732,005 total cases - 1,906 new cases
  • 13,657 total deaths - 99 new deaths
  • 1,221 patients in hospitals - decrease of 18 patients
  • 225 patients on ventilators - increase of 5 patients

“Because of the daily removal of newly identified duplicates and out of state cases, the new case increase may not match the difference between today’s and yesterday’s total case count,” LDH says.

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LOUISIANA VACCINE INFORMATION (Updated on Mondays and Thursdays)

As of Monday, Sept. 20:

Current phase of distribution: everyone 12 and older

Vaccine Series Initiated - 2,359,420

Total Doses Administered - 4,275,281

Providers Enrolled - 2,516

Completed Vaccine Series - 2,068,096

Vaccine Doses Administered since previous update - 71,529

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the following MIS-C cases, as of 07/14/2021:

Confirmed Cases: 154

Deaths: 6

Age Range: 0-20

Median Age: 8

Gender: Female 58 (37.6%) | Male 96 (62.3%)

Clinical Status: Hospitalized 0 (0%) Discharged 1468 (96.1%) | Died 6 (3.9%)

Race: Asian 3 (2.0%) Black 78 (50.6%) Other 17 (11.2%) White 56 (36.7%) Unknown 0

Ethnicity: Hispanic 29 (18.8%) Non-Hispanic 125 (81.2%)

If all of this is a bit overwhelming and you need to lighten your mood, head on over to our section called Reason to Smile. We’re posting uplifting stories and sharing what real people are doing to keep finding joy in everyday life. We also have a corresponding Facebook group.

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