Confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths continue climb in Louisiana


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s latest COVID-19 figures show more than 3,800 new confirmed cases and 48 new deaths reported in the last two days. Sunday’s report from the state health department showed a total of 107,574 confirmed cases and 3,651 deaths. Hospitalizations dropped since Friday — the last day figures were released — from 1,600 to 1,557. However, hospitalizations have been trending steadily upward since sinking to 542 on June 13. Increased hospitalizations have been one of the factors that prompted state officials and the city of New Orleans to recently tighten some restrictions aimed at fighting the spread of the virus, such as closing bars.