State has reported more than 12K deaths from COVID-19

Published 11:57 am Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has reported more than 12,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, according to the LDH’s update released Tuesday at noon.

The state reported 139 new deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to 12,116 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 59 new deaths reported Monday.

Tuesday’s report was a new single-day high for deaths. The previous highest number in a single day was on April 14, 2020, when the state reported 129 new deaths.

The LDH said there were 3,814 new cases in Tuesday’s report, bringing the total cases reported since the start of the pandemic to 664,618. There were 10,950 new cases reported Monday.

Also Tuesday, the LDH reported that there were 2,856 COVID patients in hospitals, and 480 of those patients were on ventilators. In Monday’s report, there were 2,838 hospitalizations and 480 ventilators in use.

LDH officials also reported that non-fully-vaccinated residents made up 89 percent of the cases reported from Aug. 5 through Aug. 11, and 80 percent of the deaths in that same time period. In addition, 91 percent of current COVID hospitalizations are patients who are not fully vaccinated, according to the LDH.

Since the start of the pandemic, Washington Parish has reported 6,796 cases and 161 deaths.

The LDH releases an update every weekday at noon, online at