Watch: Ochsner health leaders discuss COVID-19 fourth surge response


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Thursday morning, Ochsner health leaders held a media briefing to provide a COVID-19 update.

According to Ochsner health leaders, 890 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across their system.

  • On July 28, Ochsner had 514, which is a 73% increase in just over one week.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations on August, 5 , 2021, approximately 90% are unvaccinated.
  • This week Ochsner administered 20,868 COVID-19 tests and 19.75% were positive (4,122).

Pediatric Numbers (System)

  • Positivity rates for pediatric patients (ages 0 – 19) tested for COVID are at 24.5% this week.
  • Ochsner is caring for 7 pediatric COVID patients as of August 5.
  • The average age for our admitted pediatric patients is 5.7 years old.

Vaccine Updates

  • Ochsner has administered over 491,022 doses of the vaccine and counting.
  • Ochsner anticipates they will exceed 500,000 doses this week.
  • 1,200+ Ochsner employees received a vaccine in the last week and continue to see more vaccinated each day.
    • 62% of Ochsner employees are fully vaccinated.
    • 67% of Ochsner employees have initiated their vaccine series.
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