Louisiana virus cases up by 1,356; hospitalizations tick up

New Orleans

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Louisiana has jumped by more than 1,300, and the number of people hospitalized with the disease has increased again. Tuesday’s increase to a total of 51,595 cases was the largest single-day increase in reported cases since early April. On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the recent surge in cases will prevent Louisiana from further easing restrictions aimed at keeping the new coronavirus from spreading. The death toll from the disease as of Tuesday was 3,021. On Twitter, the state health department said 95 percent of the cases reported Tuesday were the result of “community spread.”