Louisiana leads nation in coronavirus

Louisiana now has more than 111,000 coronavirus cases, total, during this pandemic. Gov. John Bel Edwards says per 100,000 residents, Louisiana has more coronavirus cases than any other state.

"You should note that Louisiana's now ranked number one in the United States per capita for cases of COVID-19," said Edwards. "We knew we were on this trajectory over the last couple of weeks and would get there if we reported those daily case numbers the way that we were."

Edwards says that puts Louisiana ahead of Arizona, New York, and New Jersey, ranked 2-4.

"That per capita ranking should be an alarm bell for everyone to fully understand just how serious this pandemic is here in Louisiana," said the governor.

If there is a bright side, the number of new cases reported today was less than recent days, and fewer people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

"Today we also have 1,583 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 across the state of Louisiana," said Edwards. "For me, if there's any good news over a period of time in today's numbers, that umber is it."

The governor said over the past few days, hospitalizations have basically been flat, and that is the first time in a long time that has happened. Edwards says he hopes it is the start of a trend.