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COVID hospitalizations in Louisiana have halved since mid-August

"Vaccines work. Masks work. Let's keep it up," said Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.
Credit: AP
Medical staff tend to a patient with coronavirus, on a COVID-19 ward inside the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The hospital in northwestern Louisiana thought the COVID-19 pandemic was letting up. Then came the ongoing surge caused by the delta variant. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS — The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Louisiana dropped to 1,512 on Tuesday, which is nearly half the number of hospitalizations reported during the virus' fourth surge in August.

According to figures published by the Louisiana Department of Health, hospitalizations have dropped by 91 since Monday. The LDH said that 88 percent of those patients still in hospitals are unvaccinated.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Louisiana peaked on Aug 18 after the state registered 3,022 patients with the virus.

"Vaccines work. Masks work. Let's keep it up," said Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.

"Wearing a mask and getting the vaccine are how you best protect yourself and your loved ones," the LDH said.

The state's health department also reported 2,371 new cases and 77 deaths since Tuesday. In total, 13,318 people in Louisiana have died since the pandemic began.

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