Tracking COVID-19 in Louisiana

The highly infectious omicron variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

Below is a resource guide on the latest regarding coronavirus cases in Louisiana:

COVID-19 Data in Louisiana:

LDH has discontinued the daily updates on the weekends.

Here are the numbers reported for Tuesday:

    • 7,573 new cases reported
    • 1,152,818total cases
    • 48 new deaths reported
    • 15,570 total deaths
    • 2,187 patients in the hospital, with 181 of those on ventilators.

Source: Louisiana Department of Health

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the omicron variant?

    On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a variant of concern and named it omicron, and on Nov. 30, 2021, the United States also classified it as a variant of concern.

    A variant of concern is a variant for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (e.g., increased hospitalizations or deaths), significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines or diagnostic detection failures.

    The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual in California was caused by the omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

    The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, 2021. The individual had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative.

    What do we know about the omicron variant?

    Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious than previous strains, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart the vaccine.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said more would be known about the omicron strain in two to four weeks as scientists grow and test lab samples of the virus.

    What is the delta variant?

    The delta variant circulating in the United States has been classified as a variant of concern, according to the CDC.

      A variant of concern is a variant for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (e.g., increased hospitalizations or deaths), significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines or diagnostic detection failures.

      The delta variant is more transmissible and has caused increased case counts and hospitalizations in Louisiana in recent weeks.

      How do I protect myself from contracting the delta or omicron variants?

      The CDC is recommending anyone who has not been vaccinated to schedule an appointment. The CDC is also recommending that some vaccinated people begin to wear masks in indoor settings. The CDC also recommends masking in non vaccinated and vaccinated people in K-12 settings wear masks.

      Am I eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

      Anyone in Louisiana who has been fully vaccinated for more than six months is now eligible for a booster shot.

      Click here on how you can get a booster.

      Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Louisiana?

      Louisiana is currently in a modified Phase Three plan.

      The majority of businesses, including restaurants and salons, will be able to move to 100% of their capacity.

      The governor’s updated public health emergency order keeps requirements for 6 feet of social distancing in all businesses, as well as other mitigation measures deemed necessary by the Louisiana Department of Health and the State Fire Marshal and posted on OpenSafely.La.gov.

      Limitations on when bars and restaurants can serve alcohol as well as occupancy limits will be lifted and deferred to local guidance, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

      Salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, malls and casinos also will not have capacity limits, though social distancing and the mask mandate remain in place along with any other additional measures that may be required by the State Fire Marshal.

      Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be limited to 50% of their capacity, with social distancing. Masks are required under all circumstances.

      Are vaccine passports required in Louisiana?

      No, Gov. John Bel Edwards said that it is too soon to address vaccine passports in Louisiana and that the state is focusing on increasing vaccinations. There is also no law in place banning vaccine passports in Louisiana at this time.

      Are facial coverings or masks required in Louisiana?

      Gov. John Bel Edwards ended the statewide mask mandate for Louisiana effective Thursday, Oct. 27.

      What does it mean to be ‘fully vaccinated?’

      According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you do not meet those requirements, regardless of age, you are not fully vaccinated.

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      Do I need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination prior to travel?

      If you choose to travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel. You do not need to self-quarantine after travel.

      If traveling internationally, pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States. You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

      You do need to show a negative test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

      The CDC recommends you still get tested three to five days after international travel, but you do not need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

      I’m not vaccinated. What activities should I and should I not partake in?

      Outdoor Activities:

      Safest: Walk, run, wheelchair roll, or bike outdoors with members of your household. Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends. While masked, attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission.

      Less Safe: While masked, dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households.

      Least Safe: While masked, attend a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event.

      Indoor Activities:

      Less Safe: While masked, visit a barber or hair salon, go to an uncrowded, indoor shopping center or museum, attend a small, indoor gathering of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people from multiple households.

      Least Safe: While masked, go to an indoor movie theater, attend a full-capacity worship service, sing in an indoor choir, eat at an indoor restaurant or bar, participate in an indoor, high-intensity exercise class.

      What don’t we know yet about the COVID-19 vaccine?

      The CDC says they are still unsure how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data indicates that vaccines may work against some variants, but are less effective against others. They are also still learning how well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications. The CDC is also unsure how long the COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

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