Increasing coronavirus cases in Louisiana, but is new surge coming?

Increasing coronavirus cases in Louisiana, but is new surge coming?
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Test results are showing more coronavirus in the community. Dr. Joe Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health says the increase is apparent in both human and wastewater testing.

"Every indication is pointing to there's more COVID and cases are growing," he told WWL's Newell Normand.

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But Dr. Kanter says it is also too soon to tell if this is a new surge of the pandemic.

"If this does turn into a surge, we're going to watch the acuity, the hospitalizations very, very closely," said Kanter. "If this becomes an event where there's a lot of cases, a lot of transmission, but not a lot of sever disease, not a lot of hospitalizations, then this will really mark the transition, I think, from the earlier part of the pandemic, where we had high acuity, to what we hope the next part will be, where we can ride new increases in cases without being concerned it would be overwhelming our hospitals."

Dr. Kanter said whether by infection or vaccination, a large chunk of Louisiana now has some kind of COVID resistance, and the next few weeks could be very telling.