Jump in COVID cases in Louisiana, decrease in hospital patients

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The Louisiana Department of Health today reported more than 3,600 new cases of coronavirus in the state.  Officials, however, say that nearly half of them are the result of a backlog of old tests.

"LDH reports a total of 3,614 cases reported to the state since 8/3/20. This includes a backlog of 1,741 cases with specimen collection dates as far back as 5/28," the state explained.

That would mean that 1,873 of the cases are new.  That is still a larger increase in positive test results than we have seen the past few days.

The number of COVID-19 deaths increased by 27 today in Louisiana.

The net number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Louisiana decreased by nine.