The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 2,998 new COVID-19 cases on July 20. Of those cases 666 are reinfections or someone who has had a positive test for viral COVID-19 within the last 90 days. A total of 735 hospitalizations have been reported and three deaths are reported for July 20, as well.

Eighteen percent of the new cases come from the Greater New Orleans area, according to health officials.

State health officials say Louisiana is experiencing a “surge within a surge”, according to an LDH Instragram post and are urging residents across Louisiana who are not vaccinated to do so and those who are to get booster shots as recommended.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for children ages six months and older, and parents are encouraged to talk with the child’s pediatrician to discuss their options.

To find the nearest vaccination site, Louisiana residents can call the Louisiana COVID-19 Support Hotline at 855-453-0774, visit or text GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish.

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