Thursday, February 22, 2024

Louisiana: Cases up, hospitalizations dip as reopenings near

by Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana health officials reported more than 400 newly confirmed cases of the new coronavirus Tuesday, and 34 more deaths related to the disease caused by the virus.

With the total number of tests in the state surpassing 393,000, the number of positive cases hit 40,746. The death toll was 2,724.

The number of current cases resulting in hospitalization continues to fall. It was 639 in the midday Tuesday figures, down from 661 on Monday. That’s a trend that contributed to the state’s decision to allow reopenings Friday of bars, massage facilities, bowling alleys and some other businesses closed when the state was a COVID-19 hot spot with more than 2,000 hospitalized.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and be life-threatening.

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