BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s hospitals, crammed with coronavirus patients and Hurricane Ida-related emergency visits, are starting to see a bit of much-needed relief from the latest surge of COVID-19.
Hospitalizations from the coronavirus have been consistently falling over the last three weeks after breaking records and reaching 3,022 patients on Aug. 18.
The state health department reports that that number has now dropped to 1,895. It's the first time it has been below 2,000 since the end of July.
Public health officials caution that hospitals continue to struggle with medical needs tied to cleanup and recovery from Ida.