La. breaks peak hospitalization record for fourth day in a row

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 12:22 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - For the fourth day in a row, Louisiana has broken the record for COVID-positive patients in hospitals statewide.

Governor John Bel Edwards will address the state live on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

In what has been coined the “darkest days of this pandemic,” the state’s department of health reported 2,421 patients in hospitals statewide on Aug. 6, a daily increase of 71 patients. Over 309 patients have been admitted to hospitals since Aug. 3.

  • Aug. 3 - 2,112
  • Aug. 4 - 2,247
  • Aug. 5 - 2,350
  • Aug. 6 - 2,421

The previous record was 2,069 set on Jan. 7.

“Louisiana is in the throes of a very difficult surge of COVID-19,” Governor John Bel Edwards said after reinstating a mask mandate. “Our healthcare heroes are exhausted and their ability to deliver care is being stretched to the limit. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, and help turn this around. The life you save may be your own.”

“We are no longer giving adequate care to those patients,” Dr. Catherine O’Neal said in a press conference Monday.


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