Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 19.7%; Louisiana cases plummet 16.2%

Mike Stucka

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 4,545 new cases. That's down 16.2% from the previous week's tally of 5,423 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 46th 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 9.7% from the week before, with 593,153 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 0.77% 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 106 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 132 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 21,640 cases and 235 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 45 parishes, with the best declines in Ouachita Parish, with 300 cases from 377 a week earlier; in St. Tammany Parish, with 241 cases from 314; and in Caddo Parish, with 315 cases from 386.

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Louisiana ranked 45th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 52.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 65.9%, 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 Sunday, Louisiana reported administering another 92,300 vaccine doses, including 21,255 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 119,211 vaccine doses, including 27,928 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 4,730,464 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Franklin Parish with 370 cases per 100,000 per week; East Carroll Parish with 350; and Tensas Parish with 323. 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 East Baton Rouge Parish, with 337 cases; Caddo Parish, with 315 cases; and Ouachita Parish, with 300. Weekly case counts rose in 19 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in De Soto, Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes.

In Louisiana, 148 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 185 people were were reported dead.

A total of 751,874 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 14,321 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 44,933,336 people have tested positive and 724,317 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Oct. 17.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 454
  • The week before that: 538
  • Four weeks ago: 1,143

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 80,739
  • The week before that: 84,704
  • Four weeks ago: 111,294