As vaccinations lag, Louisiana seeing rise in COVID-19 cases

Louisiana Politics

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has beaten back several spikes of the coronavirus disease.

But the state is seeing troubling new upticks in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as it struggles to persuade people to get vaccinated and the highly contagious delta variant increases its spread.

The increases are nowhere near the height of previous outbreaks. In prior spikes, more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients in Louisiana were hospitalized at a time and dozens of people died from the disease each day.

But health care officials Thursday worried Louisiana could be headed in that direction as the more virulent delta variant widens its footprint across the region.

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