St. Tammany COVID-19 DASHBOARD

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* 19 charts and graphs that show how St. Tammany has changed by COVID-19 throughout 2020 and into 2021
* Dashboard data current as of June 2021

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | Total Cases

As of September 30, 2021:

  • 42,595 total probable + confirmed cases
  • 528,257 total tests
  • 3rd quarter average number of daily cases: 175 (67 positive cases
    per 100,000 people)
  • Note: Due to the effects of Hurricane Ida, there was an
    interruption in reporting during late August and early
    September, which caused a backlog of case numbers
    immediately after the reporting gap.

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | 3rd Quarter Cases

Looking just at the 3rd quarter 2021:

Total cases rose by: 16,131

  • We can see the effects of the Delta variant of the coronavirus on St. Tammany Parish by the increase in deaths throughout the 3rd quarter. The average number of deaths per day over the last quarter has been roughly 1.7 deaths per day.
  • There is a gap in reporting at the end of August/beginning of September due to inconveniences caused by Hurricane Ida.

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | Vaccinations

As of September 30, 2021

  • 144,850 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
    • 130,097 second doses have been administered.
  • 55.6% of the population has received at least one dose of the two-part vaccine.
    • 50.0% of the population has received both doses.
  • St. Tammany has the 7th highest vaccination rate in the state.
  • Louisiana ranks 43rd out of 50 states in vaccination percentage.
  • All Louisianans age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

Source: Louisiana Department of Health; St. Tammany Corporation Analysis

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | Total Mortality

As of September 30, 2021:

  • 686 deaths (643 confirmed + 43 probable)
  • 1.6% mortality rate (deaths as a proportion of confirmed cases).
Demographic Breakdown
Race Deaths Cases Population (2018) Cases per 1,000
Black 86 6,408 29,803 214
White 592 30,048 209,123 144
Other 8 2,529 13,167 192
Unknown 0 3,522 N/A N/A

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | 3rd Quarter Mortality

Looking at just 3rd quarter 2021:

  • Deaths increased by 159.
  • We can see the effects of the Delta variant of the coronavirus on St. Tammany Parish by the increase in deaths throughout the 3rd quarter. The average number of deaths per day over the last quarter has been roughly 1.7 deaths per day.
  • There is a gap in reporting at the end of August/beginning of September due to inconveniences caused by Hurricane Ida.

Source: Louisiana Department of Health; St. Tammany Corporation Analysis

Unemployment Claims

  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of unemployment claims has been steadily decreasing in number. Likewise, the percent unemployed within St. Tammany Parish has also decreased.
  • The most recent spike in unemployment claims occurred at the beginning/middle of September of this year, however, this may not be directly pandemic related. This spike in unemployment claims may be more closely related to related to Hurricane Ida and damages associated with the aftermath of the storm.

Unemployment

  • Average number of initial claims for unemployment during Q3 2021:

197

  • Average number of initial claims for unemployment during Q3 2020:

540

  • Average weekly number of initial claims, March-December 2020:

1,243

  • Average weekly number of initial claims in 2021through Q3:

255

Unemployment Rate

  • In its most recent jobs report, LWC reported that St. Tammany’s unemployment rate was 3.6% in September 2021, lower than:
    • the national rate (4.8%),
    • the Louisiana rate (5.8%),
    • and the Greater New Orleans rate (6.1%).
  • September 2021 has shown the lowest
    unemployment rate seen since before the
    pandemic (February 2020).

Changes in Consumer Spending

• In St Tammany, as of September 26, 2021, total spending by all consumers increased by 45.3% compared to January 2020.
• On the same day in 2020, consumer spending was down 3%, demonstrating a 48.3% improvement.

Source: Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker

Job Postings | Year-over-Year Comparison

  • Throughout 2021, job postings have been higher each month than in previous years, peaking in June 2021 with 8,816 individual job postings.
  • During the third quarter 2021, there have been an average of 8,380 individual postings each month.
  • Jobs in highest demand continue to be registered nurses, truck drivers, and
    retail salespeople.

Source: EMSI

Residential Travel Since Stay-at-Home Order

Although the stay-at-home order is no longer in effect, people are still encouraged to limit their travel in order to stay safe. The purpose of the community mobility report is to give insight
into key questions:

  • How have travel and mobility in St. Tammany been impacted by the pandemic?
  • How well has St. Tammany adhered to the stay-at-home order?
  • Where are people going when they aren’t going to work, going shopping, or doing leisure/entertainment activities?

Definitions:

  • Retail & Recreation: places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters
  • Grocery & Pharmacy: places like grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies
  • Parks: places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens
  • Workplaces: places of work
  • Residential: places of residence
  • Negative percentages indicate reduction in travel

Gas Prices

  • The graph to the right shows the average gas prices in the New Orleans metro,
    state, and nation over an 18-month period.
  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gas prices decreased due to low demand
    during stay-at-home ordinances. As the economy began to reopen, an increase in demand drove gas prices back up.
  • Around the date Hurricane Ida made landfall, August 29, the graph shows the New Orleans metro area saw a quick increase in gas prices, rising above the state rate. However, neither the Louisiana average gas prices nor the New Orleans Metro average gas prices have surpassed the national average gas prices.

Source: GasBuddy.com

Key Takeaways

  • St. Tammany Parish has recorded over 16,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last three months, as well as seen an increase in Covid-19 related deaths with 158 deaths in the third quarter alone.
  • In St. Tammany Parish, 50% of residents ages 12 and up were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the third quarter 2021.
  • From July to September 2021, there was a decrease in unemployment claims in St. Tammany Parish. However, a spike in unemployment claims occurred in early September due to the ongoing affects of
    Hurricane Ida.