Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 56.8%; Louisiana cases plummet 61.6%

Manuel Merino, left, of Oxnard, receives his COVID-19 booster vaccination on Thursday, Feb 24, 2022.

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 2,083 new cases. That's down 61.6% from the previous week's tally of 5,420 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 48th 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 30.4% from the week before, with 323,600 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 0.64% 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 60 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 139 cases and four deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 33,049 cases and 286 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 61 parishes, with the best declines in Jefferson Parish, with 155 cases from 643 a week earlier; in Lafayette Parish, with 107 cases from 472; and in East Baton Rouge Parish, with 183 cases from 483.

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Louisiana ranked 48th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 60.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.5%, 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 21,954 vaccine doses, including 5,907 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 17,789 vaccine doses, including 4,642 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 6,073,703 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Caldwell Parish with 686 cases per 100,000 per week; Richland Parish with 234; and West Carroll Parish with 148. 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 183 cases; Jefferson Parish, with 155 cases; and Orleans Parish, with 153. Weekly case counts rose in three parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Vernon, Red River and East Carroll parishes.

In Louisiana, 148 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 206 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,164,620 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 16,754 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 79,271,466 people have tested positive and 958,621 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

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

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 405
  • The week before that: 575
  • Four weeks ago: 1,829

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 58,950
  • The week before that: 66,535
  • Four weeks ago: 131,215


Hospitals in one 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 seven 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