Ascension Parish's COVID cases up 100.1%; Louisiana cases surge 108.1%

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

New coronavirus cases leaped in Louisiana in the week ending Sunday, rising 108.1% as 79,733 cases were reported. The previous week had 38,322 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 11th 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 increased 75.9% from the week before, with 4,967,431 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 1.61% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

The New Year's holiday weekend significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Many of the New Year's weekend reports were shifted into the latest week, and the previous week was disrupted by late reporting from the weekend of Christmas. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

Ascension Parish reported 2,131 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,065 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 25,773 cases and 252 deaths.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Orleans Parish with 2,606 cases per 100,000 per week; Madison Parish with 2,347; and West Baton Rouge Parish with 2,290. 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 Orleans Parish, with 10,168 cases; Jefferson Parish, with 9,879 cases; and East Baton Rouge Parish, with 8,340. Weekly case counts rose in 64 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Orleans, Jefferson and East Baton Rouge parishes.

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Louisiana ranked 47th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 58.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 74.3%, 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 125,117 vaccine doses, including 32,291 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 77,118 vaccine doses, including 16,859 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 5,758,595 total doses.

In Louisiana, 68 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 33 people were reported dead.

A total of 908,428 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 15,054 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 60,074,429 people have tested positive and 837,594 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 9.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,572
  • The week before that: 1,458
  • Four weeks ago: 298

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 187,807
  • The week before that: 147,897
  • Four weeks ago: 91,573

 

Hospitals in 49 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 39 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 50 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

People waited more than four hours Thursday morning for COVID-19 testing at the state testing site at the Sarasota Kennel Club in Florida. (Mike Lang/Sarasota Herald-Tribune)