Louisiana Department of Health: Omicron Could Account for 84% of New Cases | Louisiana News

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – The highly contagious variant of omicron may have accounted for 84.6% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Louisiana during the week ending Saturday, the ministry said Thursday. Louisiana Health.

The agency said the figure is preliminary. Its press release did not specify how many people were diagnosed with COVID-19 during that time.

Omicron’s percentage compares to federal estimates of 92.1% for the region consisting of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas and 73.2% across national, the department said.

He said there were now so many cases that he would no longer report the number of omicron variant cases, but only the percentage.

He said the number of confirmed and probable cases does not accurately represent totals because many tests cannot be used for genetic sequencing and some of those that can do not go through this process.

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The health department says COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are widely available in more than 1,000 locations across the state. These include pharmacies, hospitals, health care clinics, and doctor’s offices.

Community sites operated by the Louisiana National Guard will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

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