Louisiana Department of Health Reports 1,356 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday

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The Louisiana Department of Health reported 1,356 new cases of COVID-19 statewide Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 51,595.

LDH says 95% of the new cases are blamed on community spread.

“We are quite concerned by today’s COVID-19 numbers and the overall direction we are moving in,” said Dr. Alex Billioux, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Public Health. “What we are seeing appears to be connected to increased movement, a lot of which is probably related to further reopening of the economy and at least some individuals not adhering to recommended precautions. We are seeing significant COVID-19 spread related to people congregating in groups with little to no social distancing or masking. The largest increase in cases is among young adults.”

State health officials also report 17 additional deaths, bringing the coronavirus' death toll in Louisiana to 3,021.

There are 646 hospitalized across Louisiana with COVID-19 and of those, 83 are on ventilators.

Recent increases in case counts, hospitalizations and those on ventilators prompted Gov. John Bel Edwards to announce Monday that Louisiana would remain in Phase Two of reopening from COVID-19.

More detailed information is available on LDH's online coronavirus dashboard.

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