According to an official, the ICU of Louisiana’s largest hospital is at capacity with Covid-19 patients, while others suffering symptoms were waiting for a bed on Monday.
According to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Catherine O’Neal, there are 23 people on the waiting list for ICU space.
O’Neal said the Baton Rouge hospital had 36 Covid-19 patients a little more over two weeks ago. That figure has now risen to 155.
According to O’Neal, the greatest method to halt the spread of Covid-19 is vaccination, but that isn’t occurring quickly enough, so people should also wear masks.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Louisiana is one of five states (along with Florida, Texas, California, and Missouri) that account for roughly half of all new cases recorded in the previous week.
As the more transmissible Delta form spreads and cases increase, hospitals throughout the country are once again overflowing with Covid-19 patients. According to physicians, many patients are younger and sicker than previously.
The seven-day average of new coronavirus infections is up more than 40% over the previous week, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With vaccination rates increasing but still falling short of what is required to limit or stop the spread of the virus, many local authorities are turning to masks to safeguard their communities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its advice last week, urging even fully vaccinated persons to use masks in regions with significant or high transmission.