State record: Another spike in Louisiana’s coronavirus case count has led to a new state record for a single-day increase in cases, as well as a record amount of hospitalizations, since the onset of the pandemic last year, WBRZ-TV reports. The Louisiana Department of Health recorded 6,882 new coronavirus cases today, eclipsing the last single-day record set about a week ago. Concurrent hospitalizations also rose to 1,993 statewide, surpassing the previous record of 1,991 set during the early days of the pandemic in April 2020. Today’s data also showed a significant shift in the positivity rate, with more than 18% of new tests across the state coming back positive.
Fresh faces: LSU announced via Twitter today that Carolina Panthers quarterback coach Jake Peetz has joined the staff as offensive coordinator. The Tigers have also hired DJ Mangas to be the passing game coordinator. Peetz and Mangas both come to Baton Rouge after serving under former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who is the current offensive coordinator for the Panthers. WAFB-TV has the full story.
Russia at fault: Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, including two Louisiana organizations, rejecting President Donald Trump’s claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented the U.S. government’s first formal attempt to assign responsibility for the breaches at multiple agencies and to assign a possible motive for the operation. It said the hacks appeared to be intended for “intelligence gathering.” Read the full story.