Virus roundup … 

    • Sunday’s update from the Louisiana Department of Health marked a grim milestone for the state: More than 7,000 people have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March. There were 48 new deaths since Friday, WWL-TV reports. 

    • Louisiana might reach herd immunity against COVID-19 by next fall, according to Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health. For Louisiana, herd immunity is when 70% of the population is immune to COVID-19, The Center Square reports.

    State authorities anticipate receiving 79,500 doses of newly authorized Moderna vaccine this coming week. Almost 36,000 of those doses will go to nursing home/long-term care facility residents and staff through the state’s federal partnership program, and over 43,000 doses will be shipped to hospitals and first responders. The second week of Pfizer vaccines will continue to go to Tier 1 hospitals. Another 28,275 Pfizer doses are expected to arrive soon.   

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