Ascension Parish reports 19 new COVID cases; Louisiana cases plummet 12.8%

Sandra Lindsay, right, a nurse and the director of nursing for critical care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York, hugs fellow nurse Patricia Rodriguez Feb. 18, 2022. Lindsay was the first person in the United States to receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine when she received it on Dec. 14, 2020.

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 1,205 new cases. That's down 12.8% from the previous week's tally of 1,382 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 43rd 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 12.9% from the week before, with 209,244 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 0.58% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 11 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ascension Parish reported 19 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 19 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 33,087 cases and 290 deaths.

Across Louisiana, cases fell in 38 parishes, with the best declines in Orleans Parish, with 270 cases from 311 a week earlier; in St. Tammany Parish, with 49 cases from 70; and in Caddo Parish, with 37 cases from 54.

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Louisiana ranked 48th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 60.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.7%, 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 Tuesday, Louisiana reported administering another 31,511 vaccine doses, including 10,077 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 18,367 vaccine doses, including 4,961 first doses. In all, Louisiana reported it has administered 6,107,603 total doses.

Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Caldwell Parish with 161 cases per 100,000 per week; Jackson Parish with 127; and Richland Parish with 89. 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 Orleans Parish, with 270 cases; Jefferson Parish, with 118 cases; and East Baton Rouge Parish, with 107. Weekly case counts rose in 20 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Caldwell, Jackson and Jefferson Davis parishes.

In Louisiana, 109 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 133 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,167,207 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 16,996 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 79,734,788 people have tested positive and 971,162 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Friday, March 18.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 245
  • The week before that: 414
  • Four weeks ago: 974

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 42,952
  • The week before that: 50,548
  • Four weeks ago: 87,325


Hospitals in two 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 five 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