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State reports new record low of COVID-19 patients on ventilators

The state of Louisiana reported that there are just 90 COVID-19 patients on ventilators in state hospitals, according to statistics released Friday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The LDH said at noon Friday that the state had 714 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and 90 of those patients required ventilators. On Thursday, the state reported 761 hospitalizations and 100 ventilators in use.

The 90 patients on ventilators is a new record low for Louisiana. The previous record low was 94 patients on ventilators, on March 24. March 24 was also the first day the state began reporting the statistic.

The peak was April 4, when there were 571 ventilators in use.

The hospital census of COVID-19 patients is at its lowest point since March 27, when there were 773 patients reported. The prior day, March 26, there were 676 patients reported.

The state first began releasing hospitalization statistics on March 23, when it reported 242 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

The peak was April 13, when there were 2,134 COVID-19 patients reported.

The LDH said Friday that network issues were preventing the state from updating data on cases and testing. However, it noted that data on deaths, hospitalizations and ventilator use were not affected by the network issues.

The LDH said that it would update the other categories in its Saturday report at noon.

The state said Friday that there had been 2,661 deaths from COVID-19 reported. On Thursday, the report was 2,635 deaths — a difference of 26 new deaths.

There had been no additional deaths reported in Washington or Tangipahoa parishes, and one additional death reported in St. Tammany Parish.

The LDH typically releases updated statistics each day at approximately noon. For complete statistics, visit the LDH online at ldh.la.gov/coronavirus.