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LDH: 3,700 new cases of COVID-19, 51 additional deaths reported Tuesday

Updated: Dec. 22, 2020 at 11:49 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE (WVUE) -The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 287,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state.

  • 290,960 total cases (3,705 new cases)
  • 7,158 deaths (51 additional deaths)
  • 1,647 patients in the hospital
  • 181 patients on ventilators
  • 232,725 patients recovered (as of Dec. 14)

On Tuesday, LDH released stats on the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered. So far, more than 22,000 doses has been administered.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced on Nov. 24 that Louisiana would be returning to a modified Phase 2 in the COVID-19 recovery process.

Click here to read the Governor’s updated order.

In a news conference, Edwards shared the recent data received by both the Louisiana Department of Health and the White House Coronavirus Task Force showing that the state is now experiencing a third wave of the virus.

“There is not a single region of our state that is not seeing increases in new cases, hospitalizations and growing positivity of COVID tests, and I am incredibly concerned by Louisiana’s trajectory and our ability to continue to deliver health care to our people if our hospitals are overrun with sick patients,” Gov. Edwards said. “The data clearly tells us that we have lost all of the gains we had made and that our current mitigation efforts must be increased in order to adequately slow the spread. Now is the time to make changes, and stepping back to guidelines that closely resemble our Phase 2 restrictions is a tough but necessary step to take in order to protect the public.”

Revised Phase 2 calls for:

  • All restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor capacity. Restaurants should move as much dining outdoors as they can. Social distancing is required.
  • For bars in parishes above 5% positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.
  • Retail businesses at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses, as defined by federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
  • Gyms may be open at 50% of their capacity.
  • Places of worship will remain at a maximum of 75% of their capacity or the number of people who can physically distance with at least six feet between each immediate household. The State Fire Marshal will put out additional COVID mitigation measures to make services safer.
  • Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons may open at 50% of their capacity.
  • Movie theaters may open at 50% of their capacity.
  • Indoor gatherings at event/receptions centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 75 individuals.
  • Outdoor gatherings at event/reception centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 150 individuals when strict physical distancing is not possible.
  • All sporting events will be capped at 25% capacity.

Hospitalizations have climbed back up to more than 1,500; the highest level since August.

The Governor intends to keep these restrictions in place at least through the end of the year.

Nearly 80,000 doses of the COVID0-19 vaccine are headed to Louisiana in the coming days.

Healthcare workers and those in nursing home and assisted living facilities will be among the first to receive the vaccine.

COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

The City of New Orleans encouraged residents to take extreme health and safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 “with the threat level rising to “red” — which signals an active outbreak. The greatest concern is what would be tantamount to a “third surge” for the city that has twice flattened the curve on cases and deaths.”

On Dec. 7, the city warned residents that additional restrictions could be forthcoming if the positivity rate doesn’t turn around.

As of Dec. 13, the positivity rate in Orleans Parish is 5.2 percent.

“We need to double down. Wear masks everywhere outside of your home,” said New Orleans Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno.

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