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NWLA hospital, healthcare leaders hold briefing on COVID-19

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Mayor Adrian Perkins will be joined by hospital and healthcare leaders for a briefing Thursday afternoon to update the public on the impact of the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, driven by the delta variant and low vaccination rates. Health leaders spoke with lots of urgency to encourage more citizens to get vaccinated because hospital capacity numbers are decreasing fast!

Louisiana Department of Health Region Seven Regional Coordinator says hospitalizations were at thirty one on July 7th. As of Wednesday, the number jump to 218 patients in hospitals across Northwest Louisiana. CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier CEO Dr. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Steen Trawick says his hospitals have the highest numbers of COVID patients. The average number of COVID patients are between 30-50 with the youngest person twenty years old.

Oschner Health officials said Thursday that they have seen a 73 percent increase in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients over the last week, and that there were around 520 employees in the Ochsner Health System who tested positive for COVID-19 and are out on quarantine.

According to the dashboard launched this week by the Willis Knighton Health System, there are 90 patients in their hospitals with COVID-19. Of those, 77 are unvaccinated and 13 are vaccinated. According to CAO Brain Crawford, forty Willis Knighton staff members are out sick with COVID 19. “At Willis Knighton South, I have twenty one patient rooms. I have twenty seven patients waiting to be admitted and eighty patients in the ER or waiting room waiting to be checked out,” said Crawford.

At this time, officials say there is no timetable for when this surge will slow down or plateau. The best of way of slowing the curve is getting vaccinated. “We are a case study. A bad case study. The country is watching us. We have a chance to once again be a community that does the right thing,” said Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.

This Saturday, the city of Shreveport will be offering two vaccination clinics at the David Raines Community Center and AB Palmer Park from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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