Louisiana state officials are sounding the alarm as coronavirus cases climb. COVID hospitalizations and deaths are rising in the area, and this is threatening Phase 3 reopening. Not only that, but all the progress made during the winter. Frustration is growing among health experts as residents are showing up with COVID symptoms across the state. KPLC reports the UK variant is spreading like wildfire in Calcasieu Parish and according the medical experts, we are seeing a rise of positive cases at an alarming 10% rate.

Spring Break, COVID cabin fever, and an influx of people from out of town doesn't make the situation any better. Bottom line: wake up, everybody. The disease caused by the coronavirus is serious and it's extremely deadly. We must all remember until each one of us is vaccinated or naturally immune (people with antibodies), we have to wear our masks and social distance. Otherwise, we will be right back where we began. The state will be forced to shut down again, and nobody wants that. For more info on the COVID stats in Calcasieu Parish, click here. For more details on the rise in cases here in Lake Charles, click here.

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