Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 35.5%; Louisiana cases plummet 44.2%

Dee Tait, an RN in the ICU at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, tends to an intubated COVID patient on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 15,752 new cases. That's down 44.2% from the previous week's tally of 28,209 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 29th 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 41.5% from the week before, with 1,217,001 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 1.29% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, no states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ascension Parish reported 388 cases and six deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 602 cases and seven deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 32,696 cases and 277 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 58 parishes, with the best declines in Calcasieu Parish, with 650 cases from 2,601 a week earlier; in Ouachita Parish, with 584 cases from 1,470; and in St. Tammany Parish, with 779 cases from 1,591.

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Louisiana ranked 48th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 59.9% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.9%, 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 63,606 vaccine doses, including 16,255 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 12,363 vaccine doses, including 3,822 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 6,002,657 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in East Carroll Parish with 991 cases per 100,000 per week; Franklin Parish with 904; and St. James Parish with 787. 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 1,361 cases; Lafayette Parish, with 1,188 cases; and Orleans Parish, with 1,050. Weekly case counts rose in six parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in St. Martin, St. James and Iberia parishes.

In Louisiana, 271 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 274 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,149,234 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 16,176 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 77,739,880 people have tested positive and 919,696 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Feb. 13.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,357
  • The week before that: 1,829
  • Four weeks ago: 2,752

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 110,378
  • The week before that: 131,189
  • Four weeks ago: 197,960


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