Ascension Parish's COVID cases fall 21.5%; Louisiana cases plummet 16.5%

Phlebotomist April Aymong prepares a sample to be sent for COVID-19 testing at Salem Health Laboratory in Salem, Oregon, on July 12.

Louisiana reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 11,798 new cases. That's down 16.5% from the previous week's tally of 14,123 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Louisiana ranked 15th 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 14.2% from the week before, with 781,487 cases reported. With 1.4% of the country's population, Louisiana had 1.51% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 13 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Johns Hopkins University has been getting data on an erratic schedule from Louisiana, skewing week-to-week comparisons.

Ascension Parish reported 208 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 265 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 38,392 cases and 297 deaths.

​ Across Louisiana, cases fell in 53 parishes, with the best declines in Jefferson Parish, with 1,009 cases from 1,164 a week earlier; in Tangipahoa Parish, with 329 cases from 473; and in Caddo Parish, with 920 cases from 1,063. ​

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Within Louisiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in East Carroll Parish with 845 cases per 100,000 per week; Tensas Parish with 715; and Caldwell Parish with 605. 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 1,009 cases; Caddo Parish, with 920 cases; and East Baton Rouge Parish, with 834. Weekly case counts rose in 11 parishes from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in East Carroll, LaSalle and Jackson parishes.


In Louisiana, ​ 62 ​ people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 55 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,389,464 people in Louisiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 17,633 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 92,112,922 people have tested positive and 1,033,556 people have died.

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Louisiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 7. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,135
  • The week before that: 1,040
  • Four weeks ago: 977

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 72,801
  • The week before that: 72,098
  • Four weeks ago: 67,603

Hospitals in 24 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 24 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 33 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