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Louisiana COVID hospitalizations drop again Friday, but 61 more die

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star
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Louisiana's COVID hospitalizations continue to drop Friday, but the state's death toll continues to rise.

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 61 more deaths for a total of 4,089.

But the trajectory of new cases and hospitalizations continues to improve.

The state reported 51 fewer hospitalizations Friday for a total of 1,406, while eight fewer coronavirus patients needed ventilators for a total of 207.

Louisiana reported 1,506 new cases Friday for a total of 128,746.

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Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.