Ascension Parish COVID-19 cases fall 16.5 percent; Louisiana cases plummet 26.5 percent

Mike Stucka

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 5,423 new cases. That's down 26.5% from the previous week's tally of 7,382 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 47th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 12.6% from the week before, with 656,699 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 0.83% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 12 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ascension Parish reported 132 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 158 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 21,534 cases and 232 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 55 parishes, with the best declines in Ouachita Parish, with 377 cases from 631 a week earlier; in East Baton Rouge Parish, with 358 cases from 508; and in Livingston Parish, with 100 cases from 249.

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Louisiana ranked 45th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 52.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 65.1%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Thursday, Louisiana reported administering another 90,184 vaccine doses, including 20,815 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 79,973 vaccine doses, including 23,340 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 4,609,137 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Franklin Parish with 645 cases per 100,000 per week; East Carroll Parish with 525; and Caldwell Parish with 464. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Caddo Parish, with 386 cases; Ouachita Parish, with 377 cases; and East Baton Rouge Parish, with 358. Weekly case counts rose in eight parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in West Feliciana, Assumption and Pointe Coupee parishes.

In Louisiana, 185 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 247 people were were reported dead.

A total of 747,329 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 14,173 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 44,339,747 people have tested positive and 713,227 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Oct. 10.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 551
  • The week before that: 625
  • Four weeks ago: 1,422

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 86,965
  • The week before that: 90,378
  • Four weeks ago: 120,803


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