LP Testing Site

A medical professional administers a test for the novel coronavirus, or COVID, at a new testing site at Our Lady of the Lake in Walker.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 600 on Friday, falling by 14 overnight to 592 statewide, according to the latest from the Louisiana Department of Health.

That’s the lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since July 16. Of all COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals, about 81 percent are not fully vaccinated, according to LDH data.

The number of COVID-19 patients on mechanical ventilators dropped by two to 115 statewide.

In other news, the Department of Health confirmed 475 new COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths in its Friday report.

Officials also reported 312 “probable” cases and 10 “probable” deaths.

As of Friday, the state is reporting:

-- 595,992 confirmed COVID-19 cases

-- 151,337 “probable” cases

-- ​​12,443 confirmed COVID-19 deaths 9,926

-- 1,730 “probable” deaths

-- 10,454,106 total COVID-19 tests

-- 2,409,765 COVID-19 vaccine series started; 2,140,427 series completed; 4,394,814 vaccine doses administered (updated every Monday and Thursday)

In Livingston Parish, officials confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases and six “probable” cases in the Friday report.

The parish didn’t report a new confirmed or suspected COVID-19 death for the second straight day.

As of Friday, Livingston Parish is reporting:

-- 16,740 confirmed COVID-19 cases

-- 7,460 “probable” cases

-- 297 confirmed COVID-19 deaths

-- 66 “probable” deaths

-- 216,013 total COVID-19 tests

-- 56,811 initiated vaccine series; 50,104 completed vaccine series (updated every Monday and Thursday)

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