LDH: Omicron Variant Leading To Rise In Pandemic Cases, Hospitalizations

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State health officials say the omicron coronavirus variant is surging in Louisiana, resulting in more hospitalizations and an increased demand for testing.

The Louisiana Department of Health says more than 12,000 new cases were reported statewide over the four-day holiday weekend.

Dr. Jeffrey Elder, medical director for emergency management at LCMC Health, says the positivity rates are up, which is driving up the demand for testing.

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