The Louisiana Department of Health reported 867 more confirmed coronavirus cases and 18 more confirmed deaths in its noon update Tuesday.
The number of hospitalizations decreased by 22, and the number of patients in need of ventilators increased by two.
There are also 55,492 total “probable” coronavirus cases in Louisiana, according to the agency’s dashboard.
There have been 102,376 more vaccine doses administered in Louisiana since the last update on Thursday. Since Dec. 14, the state has administered a total of 637,361 vaccine doses.
The state releases data on vaccinations twice a week, as part of its regular updates on coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The initial doses are the first of two — spaced three weeks apart — required for immunity.
These are another few key statewide statistics as of Tuesday:
- Total confirmed cases: 358,862
- Total “probable” cases: 55,492
- Total confirmed deaths: 8,559
- Currently hospitalized: 1,122
- Currently on ventilators: 151
- Vaccine series initiated: 448,122 (updated twice weekly)
- Vaccine series completed: 189,239
- Presumed recovered: 363,457 as of Feb. 1 (updated weekly)
The governor was scheduled to get his vaccination at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center campus.
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 Tuesday report:
- Jefferson: 121
- Orleans: 117
- East Baton Rouge: 92
- Caddo: 66
- St. Tammany: 64
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.
This is a developing story. More details and analysis to come.