Another Louisiana child dies of COVID

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Louisiana reports 1,906 new coronavirus cases today. State health officials report 732,005 total cases since the pandemic began.

The Louisiana Department of Health reports 99 more deaths, including a child age 12 -17. That's old enough to be vaccinated. The state reports 81 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the last week were people who were not fully vaccinated.

LDH reports a total of seven pediatric COVID deaths during the fourth surge. Sixteen children younger than 18 have died from COVID in Louisiana during the pandemic.

"Just five days ago, our hearts were heavy as we mourned the sixth child to lose their life to COVID-19 in this surge. Here we are once more, grieving as another promising young life ends too soon," said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. "It's incumbent upon all of us to get the vaccine and wear a mask to protect ourselves and one another, including our children."

COVID hospitalizations are down 18, at 1,221. Those not fully vaccinated account for 87 percent of current COVID hospitalizations.