State reports 93 new deaths from COVID-19 in Tuesday update

Published 12:42 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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The Louisiana Department of Health reported 93 additional deaths from COVID-19, in its update released Tuesday at noon.

The LDH had reported 50 deaths in Monday’s update, but that total increased to 93 in Tuesday’s update. It is important to note that this does not mean all 93 deaths occurred Monday — it only means they were reported to the state on that day.

LDH officials said the last time the state saw a single-day deaths report this high was Jan. 8, earlier this year (105 deaths reported).

For comparison’s sake, the state averaged 30.6 deaths reported per day in August of 2020.

Since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, the state has reported 11,353 deaths.

In Tuesday’s update, the LDH reported 6,088 new cases of COVID, bringing the total cases reported since the start of the pandemic to 596,534. There were 12,227 cases reported Monday.

Also Tuesday, the LDH reported that there were 2,859 COVID patients in hospitals, and 338 of those were on ventilators. In Monday’s report, there were 2,720 hospitalizations and 277 on ventilators.

The LDH reported that non-fully-vaccinated residents made up 90 percent of the cases reported from July 22 through July 28, and 84 percent of the deaths in that same time period. In addition, 91 percent of current COVID hospitalizations are patients who are not fully vaccinated, LDH officials said.