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The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) estimates the proportion of Omicron cases in the state is 88.5% for the week ending December 25. They do note that the estimate for the Omicron proportion is preliminary and subject to change as more sequencing data are reported.

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COVID-19 cases, emergency department visits and hospitalizations are sharply increasing throughout Louisiana. These alarming increases are attributable to the Omicron variant, which spreads faster than other variants and is now the dominant strain in our state.

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Individuals not fully vaccinated account for 64% of new cases from December 16 through December 22. Furthermore, those not fully vaccinated account for 79% of COVID-19 hospitalizations on December 28.

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.