Louisiana: record-breaking 1-day constructive coronavirus checks


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana reported a document one-day complete of latest coronavirus infections on Wednesday, whereas New Orleans canceled New Yr’s fireworks and informed its bars and breweries that state pandemic restrictions imply they need to shut indoor seating.

“Simply as with different holidays this yr, we’ve needed to considerably alter what New Yr’s celebrations will appear like in New Orleans,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell mentioned in a information launch. “Which means no giant events, no riverfront fireworks, and no spectators on the fleur-de-lis drop. Please keep at house and ring within the New Yr safely with the members of your fast family.”

tweet from the Louisiana Division of Well being mentioned 6,754 constructive checks have been reported since Tuesday. That features 4,339 genetic checks, that are probably the most dependable and discover lively infections, and a pair of,540 that are described by the state as possible instances of COVID-19 and are reported as constructive checks for antibodies to the virus.

“That is the best variety of each day instances reported up to now in Louisiana that doesn’t comprise a backlog nor two days of reporting,” the message mentioned.

The whole is greater than 50% above what the division gave because the earlier document complete — 4,339 on Dec. 9.

The earlier each day document for constructive genetic checks was 3,948 on December 1, Division of Well being spokesman Sean Ellis mentioned in an e-mail.

The state mentioned greater than 7,000 individuals have died from COVID-19, the illness attributable to the virus, 1,717 are hospitalized and 210 of them are on ventilators.

Cantrell mentioned bars, breweries and grownup leisure venues in New Orleans needed to shut their indoor seating at 11 p.m. Wednesday as a result of constructive genetic checks in Orleans Parish have made up greater than 5% of the whole of such checks for 2 straight weeks.

The companies can hold outside seating for as much as 50 socially distanced individuals and drive-thru, takeout and curbside pickup, the town mentioned.

Ellis mentioned solely three parishes — Winn, East Feliciana and East Carroll — at the moment meet the state requirement for indoor seating at such companies.

Cantrell mentioned New Orleans will nonetheless host the televised Central Time Zone “Dick Clark’s New Yr’s Rockin’ Eve,” however no in-person viewing will likely be allowed for its musical performances and the descent of an enormous fleur de lis on the Jax Brewery shopping center within the French Quarter. New Orleans police will hold automobiles and pedestrians out of the world and can hold crowds from forming, the mayor mentioned.

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