BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Of the 5,223 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health says those between the ages of 5 to 17 made up the largest percentage – and the largest portion of those cases were in Northwest Louisiana.
According to the LDH, 19 percent of the new cases reported since Friday are in that age group (992 cases), and 18 percent of those cases came from Region 7 (179 cases).
Region 7 encompasses Caddo, Bienville, Bossier, Claiborne, De Soto, Webster, Natchitoches, Red River, and Sabine Parishes.
Region 4 (Acadiana) was close behind, with 16 percent. Regions 8 (Northeast Louisiana) and Region 9 (Northshore) both reported 14% positive COVID tests in this age range.
The Louisiana Department of Health reported 5,532 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total cases reported statewide since the pandemic began to 702,432.
LDH also reported 72 new deaths since the, bringing the total deaths reported in Louisiana from the coronavirus to 12,779. According to LDH, 81% of the deaths from August 12 to August 18 were individuals who were not fully vaccinated.
The data was last updated on Sept. 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.
The LDH continues to urge people to wear masks and get the coronavirus vaccine.