Dear friends and colleagues,
March 14th, 2021, marks the one-year anniversary of the first death related to COVID-19 in Louisiana. Since then, nearly one in ten Louisiana residents have tested positive for the virus, and one in 500 residents have died as a result. The last 12 months have been monumentally challenging, but hope is on the horizon. Vaccine distribution is picking up speed as cases dwindle. Within three months of the vaccine becoming available to the public, more people have been inoculated in Louisiana than tested positive the previous year.
Indeed, much has changed since March 14th, 2020. While life is not the same as it was, some improvements have been made as our understanding of this virus has evolved. These lessons will guide us for years to come.
Today, The Data Center releases the first of a three-part series that explores COVID-19 over the past year. One Year With COVID: Lessons Learned reviews how far we’ve come in our understanding of this virus and how it spreads, and presents the latest thinking on vaccines and new variants. It also provides a chance to reflect on how we can use what we’ve learned to make us more resilient to disasters of all kinds in the future.
Find One Year With COVID: Lessons Learned on our webpage at:

Bringing you the data you need to make informed decisions,
The Data Center Team
Jenna Losh, Don Asay, Robby Habans, Lamar Gardere, Cody Brumfield, Amy Teller, Rachel Weinstein, Ellen Kujawa, Katrina Andry, Erica Amrine, Allison Plyer, Thomas Wilson, and Dabne Whitemore
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