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Louisiana reported just over 500 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday as the number of recoveries passed 145,000, according to the latest figures from the Louisiana Department of Health.

On Wednesday, health officials added 508 new cases to the ongoing tally to bring the statewide total to 158,826. The Louisiana Department of Health is also reporting 1,039 “probable” cases, a rise of 104 from the previous week.

(According to the Department of Health, the new case increase may not match the difference between today’s and yesterday’s total case count due to the daily removal of newly identified duplicates and out of state cases.)

The number of “presumed” recoveries rose by 5,130 over the last seven days, bringing the total to 145,570. That puts the state at about 13,256 confirmed active cases, down by 1,259 from this time last week.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, a key factor in the state’s reopening plan, rose for the second straight day, increasing by 11 to 678 statewide. After falling below 100 on Tuesday, ventilator usage rose by eight on Wednesday to 107 statewide.

The statewide death toll reached 5,126, an increase of 18 from Tuesday. The state is also reporting 168 “probable” deaths.

According to officials, Louisiana has conducted approximately 2,114,145 tests either through the state lab or commercial labs. That’s an increase of 23,122 new tests, which puts Wednesday’s positivity rate at 2.1 percent, better than the state’s goal of 10 percent.

Last week, Louisiana moved into Phase Three of its reopening plan. The new order is scheduled to run through Friday, Oct. 9.

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