Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 44%; Louisiana cases plummet 28.6%
Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 45,251 new cases. That's down 28.6% from the previous week's tally of 63,399 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Louisiana ranked 34th 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 30.3% from the week before, with 3,451,287 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 1.31% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 10 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Ascension Parish reported 1,067 cases and eight deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,907 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 31,706 cases and 264 deaths.
Across Louisiana, cases fell in 54 parishes, with the best declines in East Baton Rouge Parish, with 3,627 cases from 6,667 a week earlier; in St. Tammany Parish, with 2,559 cases from 4,233; and in Caddo Parish, with 2,378 cases from 3,825.
Louisiana ranked 48th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 59.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.3%, 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 43,738 vaccine doses, including 11,047 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 63,202 vaccine doses, including 37,303 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 5,926,688 total doses.
Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Allen Parish with 2,712 cases per 100,000 per week; West Carroll Parish with 1,985; and Winn Parish with 1,640. 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 3,627 cases; Jefferson Parish, with 3,205 cases; and Lafayette Parish, with 3,007. Weekly case counts rose in 10 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Allen, Vernon and Franklin parishes.
In Louisiana, 307 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 187 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,105,273 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 15,631 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 74,333,001 people have tested positive and 884,260 people have died.
Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 30.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 2,310
- The week before that: 2,545
- Four weeks ago: 1,458
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 170,411
- The week before that: 183,931
- Four weeks ago: 147,900
Hospitals in 13 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 15 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 18 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 email@example.com.