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 April 2021

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | Cases

As of April 27, 2021:

  • 21,117 confirmed positive cases
  • 25,511 total probable + confirmed cases
  • 358,471 tests administered
  • 5.9% confirmed positive test rate (March 2020 – April 2021)
  • 8,059 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents
  • Since early March, there have been fewer than 100 new cases each day.
  • Note: Due to a two-month statewide backlog that was reported in mid-November, total cases were drastically higher from November 17th onward. Additionally, total cases going forward include both probable cases and confirmed cases.

COVID-19 in St. Tammany | Vaccinations

As of April 26, 2021:

  • 89,737 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
  • 75,816 second doses have been administered.
  • 35.6% of the population has received at least one dose of the two-part vaccine.
  • 30.1% of the population has received both doses.
  • St. Tammany has the 4th highest full vaccination rate in the state.
  • The map to the right shows the full vaccination rate for each of Louisiana’s nine health regions.

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

    COVID-19 in St. Tammany | Mortality

    As of April 27, 2021:

    • 520 deaths
    • 2.5% mortality rate (deaths as a proportion of confirmed cases)
    • The longest period with no additional COVID-19 deaths was 10 days, from 4/10 to 4/19.
      Demographic Breakdown
      Race Deaths Cases Population (2018) Cases per 1,000
      Black 63 3,581 32,238 111.1
      White 447 18,685 215,496 86.7
      Other 3 1,652 10,377 159.2
      Unknown 0 773 N/A N/A

      Unemployment

      • Number of initial claims for unemployment during the week ending 4/17/2021:

      279

      • Number of initial claims for unemployment during the week ending 4/18/2020:

      5,317

      • Average weekly number of initial claims in 2020:

      1,254

      • Average weekly number of initial claims in 2021:

      324

      Unemployment

      • In its most recent jobs report, LWC reported that St. Tammany’s unemployment rate was 4.4% in March 2021, lower than:
        • the national rate (6.0%),
        • the Louisiana rate (7.3%),
        • and the Greater New Orleans rate (8.0%).
      • The same report showed that from February to March, 1,121 people rejoined the labor force.
      • March’s unemployment rate is the lowest in over a year.

      Unemployment

      Statewide, during the week ending April 17, 2021, the hardest-hit industries in terms of lost jobs were:

        • Accommodation & Food Service, representing 18.5% of all initial claims filed;
        • Health Care and Social Assistance (11.4%);
        • Retail Trade (15.4%); and
        • Construction (10.1%).

      It is important to note that more than half of all initial claims filed, 55.5%, were from workers in just four industries.

      “All Other Industries” includes sectors such as finance and insurance; real estate; professional, scientific, and technical services; transportation, wholesale trade; education; etc.

      Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission

      St. Tammany Economic Makeup

      Statewide, the hardest-hit industries due to the pandemic during the week of April 11-17, as shown on the previous page, have been nearly proportional to St. Tammany’s industrial makeup in terms of jobs.

      “All Other Industries” includes sectors such as finance and insurance; real estate; professional, scientific, and technical services; transportation, wholesale trade; education; etc.

      Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission

      Job Postings | Year-over-Year Comparison

      • Compared to 2019, job postings across all industries in St. Tammany were significantly lower from April to September 2020.
      • The first quarter of 2021 has seen the highest number of job postings—over 1,000 more—compared with the same months during previous years.
      • Jobs in highest demand include registered nurses, truck drivers, and retail salespeople.

      Source: EMSI

      Changes in Consumer Spending

      As of April 4, 2021, total consumer spending in St. Tammany had increased to 18.8% higher than January 2020 levels.

      Source: Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker

      Small Business Pulse

      According to a nationwide survey of small businesses conducted by the Census Bureau during the week of 4/12 – 4/18:

      • 54.4% of U.S. Accommodation and Food Services small businesses believe they will need to identify and hire new employees in the next 6 months.  The national average for all sectors for this statistic is 32.1%
      • 30.9% of U.S. small businesses experienced domestic supplier delays in the last week, based on responses collected 4/12 – 4/18 from the Small Business Pulse Survey. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 29.3%
      • 57.9% of U.S. Educational Services small businesses believe that more than 6 months will pass before returning to their normal level of operations. The national average for all sectors for this statistic is 36.8%
      • Only 8.5% of U.S. small businesses experienced an increase in the number of paid employees in the last week. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 8.2%
      • 20.1% of U.S. small businesses experienced a decrease in operating revenues/sales/receipts in the last week. For responses collected 4/5 – 4/11, this statistic was 19.8%

      Source: Census Bureau Small Business Pulse

      COVID-19 Economic Relief 

      Restaurant Revitalization Fund Quick Facts

       

      • Authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in March, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is a $28.6 billion program designed to disburse grants equal to a venue’s pandemic losses.
      • The National Restaurant Association estimates that restaurants have lost $250 billion in revenue since the beginning of the pandemic.
      • This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location to be spent on payroll, rent/utilities, construction costs for outdoor dining accommodations, supplier and operational costs, and other expenses approved by the SBA.
      • Businesses that are eligible to apply for this program include:
          • Restaurants
          • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
          • Caterers
          • Bars/lounges
          • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
          • Bakeries
          • Brewpubs/taprooms
          • Breweries and/or microbreweries
          • Wineries and distilleries
      • Applicants can begin registering for an account on Friday, April 30, and begin applying on Monday, May 3.

      Gas Prices

      • As of April 26, 2021, the average fuel price in the U.S. is $2.881 per gallon.
      • In March, national prices averaged $2.853.
      • Nationally, April’s prices are up 114¢ from the same time in 2020, when they were $1.74.

      Source: GasBuddy.com

      Gas Prices

      • As of April 26, 2021, St. Tammany’s average fuel price is $2.543, lower than the state and New Orleans Metro prices.
      • In the New Orleans Metro, the average price is $2.553 in April 2021, up from last April’s $1.563.
      • The state average fuel price is $2.583.

      Source: GasBuddy.com

      Gas Prices

      • The graph to the right shows the average gas prices in the New Orleans metro, state, and nation from late 2019, before we felt the initial effects of the pandemic on our economy, through the following 18 months until now.
      • Gas prices in the New Orleans metro are consistently lower than the state and nation. Prices steadily began to rise during the first quarter of the year and remained steady into the beginning of the second quarter.

      Source: GasBuddy.com

      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

      Key Takeaways

      • St. Tammany has recorded 25,500 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and has surpassed 500 COVID-related deaths. However, daily new cases have stayed below 100 for nearly two months, and for 10 consecutive days in April, there were no new COVID-19 deaths in St. Tammany. Relatedly, St. Tammany also continues to have one of the highest vaccination rates in the state.
      • So far in 2021, the average number of weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance in St. Tammany is about a quarter of the 2020 average. The unemployment rate has remained below 6.0% in St. Tammany for five consecutive months.
      • About 70% of small business owners nationwide say that their business is still negatively impacted by the pandemic. More than half of small businesses in the Accommodation & Food Services industry report that they will need new staff in the next six months. Many of the businesses in that industry will be eligible to apply for grants through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
      • Gas prices in the New Orleans Metro are among the lowest 10% of metro areas in the nation.