During a press briefing yesterday, Gov. Edwards stressed the importance of continuing to adhere by COVID-19 recommendations as case numbers rise not only statewide, but nationwide.
"Make no mistake; Louisiana is in its third surge" Gov. Edwards said, adding on that the numbers are getting to be worse than the first two surges were.
Hospitalizations are increasing at a rate that could become a problem for staffs to keep up with again. As of yesterday, 929 patients were hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 88 of those patients on ventilators.
Louisiana's positivity rate statewide is 7 1/2%, up from 5.8% on November 4th. The White House's Coronavirus Task Force shows Louisiana at 172 cases per 100,000 which is up from 99 cases per 100,000 only a week ago.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the Gov. made sure to remind everyone that small gatherings of people outside the immediate household, and not so much large gatherings of people, have been a driving force behind the recent wave of coronavirus infections.
Yesterdays update from the LA Dept. of Health has the number of total cases for the State at 211,966, an increase of 2,073 cases since yesterday. These numbers list 1,281 cases for Vernon, 1,254 cases for Beauregard, 1,990 cases for Allen, 5,825 cases for Rapides, 9,826 cases for Calcasieu, 1,289 cases for Sabine, and 1,835 cases for Natchitoches Parish. The numbers show 6,199 deaths so far from COVID-19 in the State, with 61 from Vernon Parish and 48 from Beauregard Parish.