LOUISIANA (KADN) - As of Tuesday, September 28, 2021, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana has 738,613 COVID-19 cases across the state with 13,850 deaths resulting from COVID-19.
Acadia- 10,221 cases, 238 deaths
Evangeline-5,604 cases, 132 deaths
Iberia- 12,219 cases, 217 deaths
Jeff Davis-4,593 cases, 121 deaths
Lafayette-37,779 cases, 387 deaths
St. Landry- 13,704 cases, 327 deaths
St. Martin- 8,211 cases, 157 deaths
St. Mary- 8,354 cases, 209 deaths
Vermilion-9,903 cases, 176 deaths
1,031 new cases reported in the state with 54 new deaths resulting from COVID-19.
Louisiana Department of Health reports alarming increase in severe pregnancy outcomes amid fourth COVID surge
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reports 14 COVID-19 severe pregnancy outcomes resulting in critical illness or death throughout Louisiana since mid-July of this year, an alarming trend as the Delta variant circulates around the state. All 14 cases involved mothers who were unvaccinated, and resulted in 6 maternal deaths and 10 fetal deaths.
“More COVID-19-related maternal and fetal deaths have been reported during the Delta surge than the total number of COVID-19 severe pregnancy outcomes reported during the previous 15 months of the pandemic in Louisiana. It’s a tragic reminder of the vulnerability of pregnant individuals and their children to this highly contagious illness,” said State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. “Babies rely upon us and their parents for protection. We must do everything we can, including getting the COVID vaccine, to ensure safe and healthy birth outcomes.”
People who are pregnant or have recently been pregnant are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 compared to those who are not pregnant. LDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all people, including pregnant individuals, receive their COVID-19 vaccination. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine also recommend that all eligible people, including pregnant and lactating individuals, be vaccinated against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at protecting against severe illness from COVID-19, and they are the best means of keeping our communities, including people who are pregnant, safe.
Those who have questions or concerns should talk to their doctors. Those without access to primary care provider can call Louisiana’s COVID Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 and speak directly with a medical professional.