Louisiana has recorded the third-highest day of new COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
A total of 5,388 cases were reported to the Louisiana Department of Health between July 20 and July 21. The total number of cases in the state is now 506,882.
Nearly all, 99 percent, were collected between July 13 and July 20, meaning the cases represent the current surge of COVID-19 sweeping the state, driven at least in part by the more contagious Delta variant.
The majority of cases were among people 18 to 39 years old.
Hospitalizations also jumped in the state to 844, up 65 in a day. Another 9 people with COVID-19 are on ventilators, bringing that total to 64. Through April, May and June, hospitalizations had hovered at around