LOUISIANA - The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reported today by LDH was 271., an 87 percent drop from the peak of 2,069 hospitalizations nearly 5 months ago in January.
In a tweet from Governor John Bel Edwards today, he writes…"today, Louisiana is reporting the fewest number of covid-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. These vaccines are keeping people out of the hospital & saving lives…”
Dr. Britni Hebert says this is good news for healthcare workers who have been swamped over the past year.
"This is a much-needed break for the healthcare workers that work on the front lines," she said.
While Louisiana falls in the bottom half of states when it comes to vaccination efforts, Hebert says current efforts should still be applauded thanks to a state-wide vaccination campaign and those most at-risk.
"But also, to our elder population who really stepped up, they believed in science, they showed up early, they rolled up their sleeves. They really pushed to that 30 percent, our elder population and the at risk population," Hebert said.
However, she says it’s not time to let up yet - "So, while we’re happy with where we’ve gotten so far, we really feel a sense of urgency before next viral season to push a lot further with our vaccination rates."
Now, young adults are steering the course of the pandemic, some of whom don’t plan on getting vaccinated. Hebert says it’s this group now being hospitalized the most.
"The people in the hospital are young and not at-risk people. They thought they’d be fine too, but we have 40-year old's, 50-year old's, 25-year old's in the ICU and dying from this virus now and every one of those deaths was preventable and every one of those people thought they’d be fine too," Hebert said.
Hebert tells me that for the first time in a long time, she is hopeful that medical resources will be able to meet the needs of the community for all healthcare needs.