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Louisiana reports 1,179 new COVID cases Wednesday; 'steady progress,' governor says

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star
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Louisiana reported 1,179 new COVID cases and fewer hospitalizations Wednesday as the trajectory of infection continued to plateau or decline following a summer surge.

Hospitalizations, which declined by 15 Wednesday, have been falling consistently during the past two weeks. Hospitalizations stood at 1,320, down from a summer peak of 1,600. Three fewer patients needed ventilators for a total of 211.

"Our trends have been positive over the last couple of weeks," Gov. John Bel Edwards said during his Tuesday public press briefing. "Progress hasn't been dramatic, but it has been steady. We owe that to better adherence to mitigation measures."

The state reported 43 more COVID deaths Wednesday for a total of 4,238.

Louisiana has reported a total of 134,304 cases since the pandemic reached the state in March.

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