Last year's huge flu epidemic hit 7.5 or 8.5% nationwide to give some perspective. The national number would have been made up of percentages that included higher than the average of course.
Just haven't seen anything nearly as high as the state of LA this year.
The onl;y place showing for a rollout of 5G in the entire state is New Orleans. It started December 21st with AT&T's fake 5G Evolution. IOW a little more juice than was there before. The same 5Ge has been enough to knock Louisville for a loop, but that's affecting just three counties.
LA has the highly polluted MS river history with a huge number of chemical polluters along the banks, so it's likely that it is playing as big a role if not bigger than 5G in making people sick there.
Mardi Gras excesses wouldn't help either.