Health department figures showed the state death toll from the illness grew by 52. One of the victims was a child between the ages of 5 and 11. Fifteen people younger than 18 have died in Louisiana since the pandemic began. And it’s the sixth pediatric death since a fourth surge began this summer.
Meanwhile, coronavirus hospitalisations continued to drop. They fell to 1,367 in Friday’s figures, 64 fewer than the previous day. Hospitalisations are down from a peak of more than 3,000 in August but still well above the pre-surge levels of mid-summer.