Is it the first sign that Omicron is slowing down?

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More than a million Louisianans by now have had the coronavirus, with tens of thousands of cases driven by the Omicron strain. The good news is that the first signs of a potential slowdown have emerged: the re-transmission rate has fallen below one, meaning people infected with coronavirus aren't spreading it as much.

"Currently the numbers are bad, but there's a glimmer of hope," said John Couvillon of JMC Analytics. He says despite the dire figures we have seen, there is reason for optimism.

"In the last few days, the percent positive in terms of cases with a positive test result has steadily declined to where we've gone from 24 percent a few days ago to 18 percent today," he said.

That eighteen percent is still exceedingly high, but Couvillon says the numbers that show re-transmission -- the number of people who get the coronavirus from a single person -- has fallen below one for the first time during the Omicron wave.

"If the re-transmission rate is less than one, that means that on average, a new infected person infects less then one more person, in other words, the transmission-- the spread is slowing down," Couvillon explains. "Just like in a flood situation, the rain is suddenly slowing down."