Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 9.7%; Louisiana cases plummet 31.2%
Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 5,420 new cases. That's down 31.2% from the previous week's tally of 7,883 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Louisiana ranked 33rd 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 33.7% from the week before, with 461,986 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 1.17% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, five states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Ascension Parish reported 139 cases and four deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 154 cases and four deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 32,989 cases and 285 deaths.
Across Louisiana, cases fell in 57 parishes, with the best declines in Pointe Coupee Parish, with 31 cases from 391 a week earlier; in Orleans Parish, with 399 cases from 571; and in Caddo Parish, with 178 cases from 342.
Louisiana ranked 48th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 60.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.3%, 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 Saturday, Louisiana reported administering another 17,789 vaccine doses, including 4,642 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 36,217 vaccine doses, including 6,909 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 6,051,749 total doses.
Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Caldwell Parish with 1,109 cases per 100,000 per week; Franklin Parish with 400; and Richland Parish with 333. 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 Jefferson Parish, with 643 cases; East Baton Rouge Parish, with 483 cases; and Lafayette Parish, with 472. Weekly case counts rose in seven parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Lafayette, Caldwell and St. Martin parishes.
In Louisiana, 206 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 224 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,162,537 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 16,606 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 78,939,203 people have tested positive and 948,397 people have died.
Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Feb. 27.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 583
- The week before that: 881
- Four weeks ago: 2,273
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 68,999
- The week before that: 81,263
- Four weeks ago: 164,615
Hospitals in one states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in two states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in four 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.