Ascension Parish's COVID cases up 19.3%; Louisiana cases fall 3.8%

Mike Stucka USA TODAY NETWORK
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Louisiana reported 18,230 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 3.8% from the previous week. The previous week had 18,949 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked second among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 7.7% from the week before, with 862,778 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 2.11% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 23 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Ascension Parish reported 463 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 388 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 37,919 cases and 295 deaths.

​ Across Louisiana, cases fell in 39 parishes, with the best declines in Orleans Parish, with 1,268 cases from 1,479 a week earlier; in Terrebonne Parish, with 467 cases from 568; and in Bossier Parish, with 650 cases from 747. ​

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Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in West Carroll Parish with 776 cases per 100,000 per week; Morehouse Parish with 683; and Jackson Parish with 654. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Jefferson Parish, with 1,534 cases; East Baton Rouge Parish, with 1,396 cases; and Orleans Parish, with 1,268. Weekly case counts rose in 24 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Tangipahoa, Lafayette and Ascension parishes.

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In Louisiana, ​ 42 ​ people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 43 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,363,543 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 17,516 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 90,410,386 people have tested positive and 1,026,951 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, July 24. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,179
  • The week before that: 1,120
  • Four weeks ago: 745

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 75,961
  • The week before that: 70,927
  • Four weeks ago: 61,308

Hospitals in 33 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 33 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 38 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.