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Louisiana coronavirus: 4,515 more confirmed cases, 40 deaths reported Sunday; see latest data

Buy NowPharmacist Chi Tran, right, of Broad Avenue Pharmacy on N. Broad Street in New Orleans, talks with a customer inquiring about getting a COVID-19 vaccination on Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 4,515 more confirmed coronavirus cases and 40 more confirmed deaths in its noon update Sunday.

Sunday’s update reflects two days’ worth of data; the state does not release coronavirus case counts on Saturdays.

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 109, and the number of patients in need of ventilators increased by 5.

There are also 35,872 total « probable » coronavirus cases in Louisiana, according to the agency’s dashboard.

These are another few key statewide statistics as of Sunday:

  • Total confirmed cases: 310,957
  • Total « probable » cases: 35,872
  • Total confirmed deaths: 7,447
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,960
  • Currently on ventilators: 225
  • Vaccine series initiated: 74,517 (updated twice weekly)
  • Vaccine series completed: 7,068
  • Presumed recovered: 280,373 as of Jan. 4 (updated weekly)

Note: The Advocate and The Times-Picayune staff calculates daily case count and confirmed death increases based on the difference between today’s total and yesterday’s total of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. The Louisiana Department of Health releases a daily case count on its dashboard that includes probable cases as indicated by a positive antigen test. That case count can be different than the one listed here.

Here are some of the parishes with the highest single-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, based on the Wednesday report:

  • Jefferson: 642
  • Caddo: 412
  • Orleans: 373
  • East Baton Rouge: 296
  • St. Tammany: 286
  • Bossier: 268
  • Lafayette: 200

You can view more graphs and charts breaking down the data by clicking here.

Louisiana began reopening for Phase 1 on May 15-16 then moved to Phase 2 on June 5. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Louisiana’s Phase 2 restrictions twice in August before moving the state to Phase 3 on Sept. 11. The governor then moved the state back to a modified Phase 2 near the end of November.

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