In Louisiana, a baby under one has died from COVID-19.
This is the first time in six months that the state has recorded a pediatric death from the virus and the 11th in total since the start of the pandemic.
The reported death comes a day after Bayou state reported a record 139 deaths on Tuesday.
Louisiana, like many other states, has faced a spate of COVID-19 cases fueled by the Indian ‘Delta’ variant.
Details about the baby, including name, age, gender, residence and where he or she died, are currently unknown.
A baby under one died in Louisiana on Wednesday, the first pediatric COVID-19 death in six months. Pictured: Stamford Elementary School teacher Luciana Lira, 42, holds baby Neysel, then two weeks, to show his mother Zully, a Guatemalan asylum seeker, and her son Junior, 7, via Zoom in Connecticut, April 2020
Louisiana has seen the largest increase in cases since the pandemic began this summer. On August 13, the new daily average of cases reached 5,839, a new record. The state also recorded a record 361 deaths on Tuesday
The baby is among 361 Louisianans who died in the past week, the most the state has recorded in a seven-day period since the first wave of the pandemic.
The number of deaths in the state has risen 55 percent in the past two weeks, from an average of 38 per day on August 10 to 59 per day on August 24.
Louisiana spent much of the spring and early summer averaging single-digit deaths, with the recent rise proving a setback in the state’s efforts to end the pandemic.
New cases are beginning to slow in the state after peaking two weeks ago.
After hitting a record 5,839 new cases on Aug. 13, Louisiana has since reported an average of 4,683 new infections, a 20 percent decrease in 11 days.
Deaths are usually about two weeks behind cases, so it is standard for a record number of deaths to be established after a record number of cases.
The recent outbreak has left hospitals full and many doctors overworked and traumatized by the amount of deaths taking place in the state.
Melinda Hunt, a registered nurse at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, works six or seven days a week and wakes up before dawn.
Her eyes filled with tears as she drove to work one rainy morning with an Associated Press reporter.
Hunt, 24, decided to become a nurse when she was 6 and watched the compassionate and skilled professionals help her younger sister who had leukemia
Hunt was cheerful and cheerful. But now she feels exhausted and exhausted.
Colleagues have noticed the change and sometimes ask her if she is okay or if she needs a break.
“I don’t feel like I can take a break because we don’t have nurses already,” she said.
By the time Hunt arrives at the Infectious Disease Critical Care Unit at around 6:30 am, she is pushing away the tears and exhaustion.
There are COVID-19 patients who need her honesty and compassion.
“These patients ask me, ‘Am I going to die?’ And I don’t want to tell anyone they’re going to die,” Hunt said.
“But I’m not going to give them false reassurance either.”
About 120 of the 138 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated, a trend in the state where unvaccinated bags are being hammered by the virus.
Louisiana is one of nine states where less than half of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, at only 48 percent.
Only 40 percent of the state is fully vaccinated.