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Louisiana COVID-19 hospitalizations decline Wednesday for second straight day

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star

Louisiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped Wednesday for the second straight day and for the third time in four days, a hopeful sign of a possible plateau of the infection.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he's watching hospitalizations carefully.

"For me, if there's any good news, that number is it," Edwards said. "It's the first time that's happened in a long time."

Louisiana reported 39 fewer hospitalizations Wednesday for a total of 1,583, but seven more patients needed ventilators for a total of 221.

The state reported 1,735 new cases for a total of 112,773.

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Sixty-nine more Louisianans have died with COVID for a total of 3,769.

The governor has scheduled his next public press briefing at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

"We're seeing early signs of plateauing in the number of cases," he said. "That's a good thing, but we're plateauing at high number.

"I hope we're beginning to see the numbers flatten, and that's a prelude to seeing them go down."

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.