Latest updates from Ochsner LSU Health on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Ochsner LSU Health is now administering COVID-19 booster shots to adults at increased risk.
COVID-19 vaccines are available now to anyone 12 years old or older.
As part of our enduring commitment to the health and safety of our patients and care teams, Ochsner LSU Health is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations of all of our employees, physicians, and anyone involved in patient care.
The safety and effectiveness of the vaccines is proven. We join physicians, researchers and global healthcare leaders who consistently agree that the safe, effective vaccines available to us prevent death, hospitalization and severe disease.
In accordance with Louisiana's mask mandate, Ochsner LSU Health still requires the use of masks at all hospitals and clinics.
In order to protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, we have instituted visitor restrictions in accordance with recommendations from the CDC
COVID-19 testing is available at Ochsner LSU Health Urgent Care and Primary Care locations. Please bring your insurance card and state identification card..
The Louisiana Department of Health offers COVID-19 testing seven days a week. Please click here for a full list of testing locations.
If you are unsure about if or when you should be tested, talk with a provider virtually.
The COVID-19 vaccines can have mild side effects, but the vast majority are very short term and are not serious or dangerous. While some people experience one to two days of discomfort where they were injected, body aches, headaches or fever, these are signs that the vaccine is working to stimulate your immune system. The vaccines are not resulting in any serious illnesses or deaths.
Reports from the CDC reveal that the Delta variant spreads at least 50% faster than the original strain of COVID-19 and transmits a higher amount of viral particles to those infected. The Delta variant has become the dominant strain in our region and across the United States.
Nearly all patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. are unvaccinated. Louisiana and Mississippi rank among the lowest in the nation in vaccination rates, leading to the high infection and hospitalization rates in our states. Getting vaccinated protects you from contracting the virus, but most importantly, it protects you from the more severe symptoms experienced by unvaccinated individuals that lead to hospitalization and death.
Unlike previous strains of the virus, the Delta variant is having a greater impact on infection rates and hospitalizations among children and younger people. A recent study showed that children and adults under age 50 were 2.5 times more likely to become infected with Delta compared to those older than 50 years. Our hospitals are caring for more children with COVID-19 now than at any other point in the pandemic.
Get vaccinated! The vast majority of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Ochsner are unvaccinated. In order to protect ourselves and our loved ones from Delta and other variants that could emerge in the future, a significant portion of the population must be vaccinated. Find vaccine locations here.
The Delta variant has proven to be more contagious and is spreading rapidly throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Across the region, more people are hospitalized with COVID-19 now than any of the previous COVID-19 surges. During this time of uncontrolled viral spread, fully vaccinated individuals should protect themselves and others by practicing good hand hygiene, wearing face masks and social distancing in public gatherings. Avoiding large gatherings completely will further reduce your risk.
Symptoms can be very similar to the flu or cold. If you develop these symptoms or have been in contact with someone know to have COVID-19:
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The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been in the news a lot lately. The Centers for Disease Control has identified it as a variant of concern. Here’s what you need to know about the Delta variant:
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