Louisiana coronavirus hospitalizations rise for third consecutive day
Louisiana coronavirus hospitalizations rose for the third straight day today, reversing a three-week trend of declines.
The Louisiana Department of Health reported 20 more hospitalizations today, the largest increase since 34 on May 25.
Hospitalizations are considered a key metric on the trajectory of the virus, which has been on the rise in some regions like Acadiana and Monroe. One more patient needed a ventilator Tuesday for a total of 77.
The state also reported 534 new cases Tuesday, though the agency said 148 of those were part of a backlog dating back to mid-April. Louisiana's total number of cases stands at 47,706.
Twenty-four more deaths were also reported Tuesday compared to five reported on Monday.
Louisiana's death toll is 2,932.
The state is in the middle of Gov. John Bel Edwards' 21-day Phase 2 reopening order that began June 5.