3,800 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday; 67 new deaths

3,800 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday; 67 new deaths

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 392,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state:

  • 392,416 total cases (3,868 new cases)
  • 8,688 deaths (67 additional deaths)
  • 1,625 patients in the hospital
  • 203 patients on ventilators
  • 344,321 patients recovered (as of Jan. 27)

LDH has released stats on the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered. So far, 357,894 doses have been administered as of Jan. 26.

46,765 people have received the second shot to complete their vaccination.

Vaccine information is updated on Tuesday and Thursday here.

On Jan. 16, LDH confirmed the state’s first identified case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7., frequently referred to as the U.K. variant because it is prevalent in the United Kingdom, in an individual in the Greater New Orleans area.

This variant spreads more easily from one person to another than other viral strains currently circulating in the United States, though It has not been shown to cause more severe disease. Health experts believe current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variant strain.

“LDH has confirmed the state’s first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant that has been identified in the United Kingdom, and it is urgent that everyone double down on the mitigation measures that we know are effective in reducing the spread of the virus,” said Gov. Edwards. “It was always a matter of time before this new strain of the virus would reach Louisiana, which is why our state health experts have been monitoring cases and working with the CDC to prepare. There is no such thing as taking this too seriously. Our case counts and hospitalizations are increasing daily and deaths from COVID have reached an alarming rate. I implore everyone to wear a mask, avoid people and places that are not implementing the mask mandate, social distance, wash your hands frequently and do not go around anyone if you are sick. Even with the vaccines available, controlling our behavior with the measures that are proven to help keep us safe is our best defense against spreading this virus to our family, friends and throughout our communities.”

The Department conducted a case investigation and contact tracing to identify, inform and monitor anyone who was in close contact with the individual, who has a reported history of travel outside of Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards announced the launch of COVID Defense, Louisiana’s exposure notification mobile application for Google and Android phones to slow the spread of COVID-19.Louisianans can now receive notifications informing them if there is a risk they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. COVID Defense does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user’s identity. App users must opt in to use the tool and may opt out at any time. No personal information is required to use the app.

COVID Defense can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Jan. 12 that Louisiana would remain in a modified Phase 2 in the COVID-19 recovery process. This will remain in effect until at least Feb. 10.

For bars in parishes above 5 percent positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.

Retail businesses may open at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses

Click here to read the Governor’s updated order.

Louisiana doubled the number of pharmacies that were administering the Coronavirus vaccine. More than 200 locations have received limited doses.

Those vaccines will be available only for people 70 years old and above and ambulatory/outpatient care personnel.

Patients must call and make an appointment at the pharmacy. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated.

COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

The positivity rate in New Orleans is currently 4 percent as of Jan 27.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Mayor Cantrell announced that New Orleans will move back into a Modified Phase Two, easing some restrictions. These new restrictions will go into effect Friday, Jan. 29.

The case counts, transmission rate and positivity rate have all been in a decline for the past 21 days. While the case counts currently remain above 100 cases per day, the positivity rate has gone from an average of 10% to 5%, and the transmission rate is well below 1.0.

Restricted to 50% Capacity:

  • Bars with AR-Conditional Restaurant permit
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, and nail salons
  • Casinos, racetracks, and video poker establishments
  • Community centers
  • Conference venues and meeting rooms
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Houses of worship
  • Libraries
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Office buildings and businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls and retail stores
  • Swimming pools
  • Tattoo, massage, and esthetician services

For a full list of current guidelines, visit the website here.

In Jefferson Parish, the positivity rate is currently 11.1 percent while St. Tammany is 11.7 percent positivity.

Positivity rates are updated on Wednesday.

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