Louisiana remains No. 1 in per capita COVID cases as hospitalizations rise Friday
Louisiana reported rising COVID numbers across the board Friday as the stubborn infection kept the state at No. 1 per capita in cases across the country.
"There is more (COVID) in Louisiana than at any point up to now," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a public press briefing Thursday. "Every region's (percentage of) positivity (among tests) is over 10%. That concerns us tremendously."
Louisiana is ranked ahead of Arizona in per capita cases, Edwards said Thursday.
The state reported 1,799 new cases Friday for a total of 116,280.
But perhaps more concerning was an uptick in hospitalizations after three straight days of decreases.
Twenty-two more patients were hospitalized Friday for a total of 1,546. Seventeen more patients needed ventilators Friday for a total of 222.
The state also reported 24 more deaths for a total of 3,835 COVID-related fatalities.
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.