Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 19.5%; Louisiana cases plummet 24.4%

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 2,840 new cases. That's down 24.4% from the previous week's tally of 3,757 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 48th 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 0.3% from the week before, with 506,884 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 0.56% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 16 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ascension Parish reported 62 cases and four deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 77 cases and four deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 21,779 cases and 243 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 43 parishes, with the best declines in East Baton Rouge Parish, with 186 cases from 286 a week earlier; in Lafayette Parish, with 202 cases from 294; and in Calcasieu Parish, with 136 cases from 224.

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Louisiana ranked 44th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 53.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 66.5%, 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 Friday, Louisiana reported administering another 79,485 vaccine doses, including 16,626 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 65,121 vaccine doses, including 34,830 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 4,847,163 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in West Carroll Parish with 148 cases per 100,000 per week; Pointe Coupee Parish with 143; and Evangeline Parish with 129. 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 Lafayette Parish, with 202 cases; Jefferson Parish, with 188 cases; and East Baton Rouge Parish, with 186. Weekly case counts rose in 18 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Natchitoches, Acadia and De Soto parishes.

In Louisiana, 85 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 141 people were reported dead.

A total of 758,471 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 14,547 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 45,970,785 people have tested positive and 745,832 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Oct. 31.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 290
  • The week before that: 346
  • Four weeks ago: 624

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 71,202
  • The week before that: 72,741
  • Four weeks ago: 90,367

 

Jaxon Philiph, 6, of Cedar Rapids, a COVID-19 patient in the pediatric intensive care unit at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, watches television from his hospital bed.