Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 43.6%; Louisiana cases plummet 37.7%

Mike Stucka

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 28,209 new cases. That's down 37.7% from the previous week's tally of 45,251 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 27th 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 42.6% from the week before, with 2,043,989 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 1.38% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, one states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ascension Parish reported 602 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,067 cases and eight deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 32,308 cases and 271 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 61 parishes, with the best declines in Lafayette Parish, with 1,251 cases from 3,007 a week earlier; in Jefferson Parish, with 1,560 cases from 3,205; and in East Baton Rouge Parish, with 2,004 cases from 3,627.

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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 75.4%, 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 Wednesday, Louisiana reported administering another 43,137 vaccine doses, including 11,400 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 48,397 vaccine doses, including 12,430 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 5,939,051 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Allen Parish with 1,709 cases per 100,000 per week; West Carroll Parish with 1,385; and Calcasieu Parish with 1,279. 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 Calcasieu Parish, with 2,601 cases; East Baton Rouge Parish, with 2,004 cases; and St. Tammany Parish, with 1,591. Weekly case counts rose in three parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Calcasieu, Cameron and Red River parishes.

In Louisiana, 274 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 307 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,133,482 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 15,905 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 76,505,442 people have tested positive and 902,624 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Feb. 6.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,873
  • The week before that: 2,273
  • Four weeks ago: 2,474

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 135,738
  • The week before that: 164,532
  • Four weeks ago: 185,941


Hospitals in one states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in four states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in two 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

Dr. Dan Fulton, an infectious disease specialist, visits with COVID-19 patient Barb Gidel at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 10. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register)