Total COVID Case Count In Louisiana Passes One Million

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Louisiana has seen over one million coronavirus cases over the past 22 months, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.

The state reached the mark after LDH announced over 21,000 new cases.

Gov. John Bel Edwards called the million case mark a "sobering milestone" and believed the case count is underreported.

"And, while we are looking for early signs that this current Omicron surge is letting up, we still have far too many sick people in our state and far too many people in our hospitals with COVID," Edwards added.

"While thankfully Omicron is on average less likely to put you in the hospital than other variants, that is just an average," said state health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. "It is still possible to get very sick from COVID-19 as the large number of people currently hospitalized in Louisiana show us. The best possible protection against being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 is getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as you are eligible."

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