LOUISIANA (WAFB) - This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19. Categories are listed alphabetically. If you have questions, Louisiana has a statewide call network. Please call 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211. If you are stressed out and need help from a free, confidential crisis counselor text REACHOUT to 741741.
As of Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported the following coronavirus cases for the state:
- 751,874 total cases - 559 new cases
- 14,321 total deaths - 25 new deaths
- 456 patients in hospitals - decrease of 16 patients
- 80 patients on ventilators - decrease of 5 patients
“Because of the daily removal of newly identified duplicates and out of state cases, the new case increase may not match the difference between today’s and yesterday’s total case count,” LDH says.
- FDA gives full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
- Louisiana’s statewide indoor mask mandate goes into effect
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative test required to attend LSU football games in Tiger Stadium
- Ochsner Health requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19
- Southern University requiring masks inside A.W. Mumford Stadium
- COVID or allergies? Knowing the difference and when you should get tested
LOUISIANA VACCINE INFORMATION (Updated on Mondays and Thursdays)
As of Thursday, Oct. 14:
Current phase of distribution: everyone 12 and older
Vaccine Series Initiated - 2,427,662
Total Doses Administered - 4,432,551
Providers Enrolled - 2,559
Completed Vaccine Series - 2,162,334
Vaccine Doses Administered since previous update - 18,441
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the following MIS-C cases, as of 07/14/2021:
Confirmed Cases: 154
Age Range: 0-20
Median Age: 8
Gender: Female 58 (37.6%) | Male 96 (62.3%)
Clinical Status: Hospitalized 0 (0%) Discharged 1468 (96.1%) | Died 6 (3.9%)
Race: Asian 3 (2.0%) Black 78 (50.6%) Other 17 (11.2%) White 56 (36.7%) Unknown 0
Ethnicity: Hispanic 29 (18.8%) Non-Hispanic 125 (81.2%)
If all of this is a bit overwhelming and you need to lighten your mood, head on over to our section called Reason to Smile. We’re posting uplifting stories and sharing what real people are doing to keep finding joy in everyday life. We also have a corresponding Facebook group.
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