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The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations fell below 500 for the first time since July 13, dropping by 29 overnight to 477 statewide, according to the latest from the Louisiana Department of Health.

Since reaching a peak of 3,022 in mid-August during the state’s fourth COVID-19 surge, hospitalizations have fallen by 2,545. Of all COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals, about 83 percent are not fully vaccinated, according to LDH data.

The number of COVID-19 patients on mechanical ventilators dropped by 14 to 88 statewide, the fewest since July 22.

In other news, the Department of Health confirmed 356 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in its Wednesday report.

Officials also reported 195 “probable” cases and seven “probable” deaths.

As of Wednesday, the state is reporting:

-- 598,023 confirmed COVID-19 cases

-- 152,450 “probable” cases

-- ​​12,509 confirmed COVID-19 deaths 9,926

-- 1,759 “probable” deaths

-- 10,559,421 total COVID-19 tests

-- 2,419,042 COVID-19 vaccine series started; 2,151,287 series completed; 4,414,110 vaccine doses administered (updated every Monday and Thursday)

In Livingston Parish, officials confirmed six new COVID-19 cases and one new death in the Wednesday report. That brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the parish to 300.

In addition, the parish reported four new “probable” cases and one new “probable” death.

As of Wednesday, Livingston Parish is reporting:

-- 16,787 confirmed COVID-19 cases

-- 7,503 “probable” cases

-- 300 confirmed COVID-19 deaths

-- 68 “probable” deaths

-- 217,922 total COVID-19 tests

-- 57,054 initiated vaccine series; 50,426 completed vaccine series (updated every Monday and Thursday)

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