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Louisiana's daily COVID data incomplete Monday as case count drops dramatically

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star
COVID-19 [FILE PHOTO]

Louisiana's Department of Health said Monday its recent daily data on COVID cases and testing is likely incomplete as the state reported 562 new cases Monday

The agency said the case count is likely inaccurate. It would be the lowest single-day case total since June 21 if true.

"Laboratory reporting appears to be incomplete, potentially affecting case and test counts," the agency said on its website coronavirus dashboard. "Technical staff are investigating.

"Recent counts are likely to increase when additional reports are received."

Deaths, hospitalizations and the number of patients on ventilators should be accurate.

Twenty-four more deaths were reported Monday for a total of 4,169.

The state reported one fewer hospitalization for a total of 1,383, while five more patients needed ventilators for a total of 215.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has scheduled his next public update on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

Last week Edwards extended his orders requiring masks, closing bars and other restrictions until Aug. 28.

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