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Louisiana reported more than 1,100 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday's two-day update while hospitalizations dropped for the sixth time in 12 updates, according to the latest figures from the Louisiana Department of Health.

On Sunday, health officials added 1,125 new cases to the ongoing tally, bringing the statewide total to 175,781.

(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 Louisiana Department of Health is also reporting 3,088 “probable” cases, an increase of 560 from last week.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, a key factor in the state’s reopening plan, dropped by 7 on Sunday to 550 statewide. Despite the decrease, hospitalizations have risen by 32 in the last 14 days.

Ventilator usage has remained steady at 60 since Friday.

The statewide death toll reached 5,550, a jump of 23 from Friday. The state is also reporting 200 “probable” deaths, an increase of seven from last week.

According to officials, Louisiana has conducted approximately 2,589,510 tests either through the state lab or commercial labs. That’s an increase of 26,946 new tests, which puts Sunday's two-day positivity rate at 4.2 percent, better than the state’s goal of 10 percent.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced last week that Louisiana would remain in Phase Three of reopening for an additional 28 days. The Phase Three order, which began on Sept. 11, is now set to expire on Nov. 6.

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