The Louisiana Department of Health estimates the proportion of omicron cases in the state is 88.5% for the week ending Dec. 25.
LDH’s estimate for the omicron proportion is preliminary and subject to change as more sequencing data are reported, according to a news release.
The CDC estimates the proportion of Omicron in HHS Region 6 (which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) is 86.7%, with 95% of parishes at the two highest levels of community transmission.
COVID-19 cases, emergency department visits and hospitalizations are sharply increasing throughout Louisiana, which is attributed to the omicron variant becoming the dominant strain in the state.
Those not fully vaccinated accounted for 79% of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Dec. 28, up from the previous week when they accounted for 64% of new cases.
LDH recommends getting vaccinated and boosted, masking indoors — as well as outside when distancing is not possible — and limiting your exposure to those not in your household.
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This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Louisiana omicron cases climb. Unvaccinated make up majority