LA State Dept Health To Report COVID-19 In Nursing Homes

May 20, 2020

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COVID19 IN NURSING HOMES - According to the Louisiana Department of Health there are 436 nursing homes and adult care facilities in the state.   And for the first time since April 1st, LDH is identifying all of the state’s nursing homes with COVID-19 cases.   Along with the names of facilities, the department is also releasing  the number of residents and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of residents who have died from the disease.  64% of the state's nursing homes have been infected by the coronavirus and the Highland Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Caddo Parish had the most cases with  124 residents and 17  having died from Covid-19. 34 staff members have also tested positive. 

Highland Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Caddo Parish had the most cases with 124 residents and 17 having died from Covid-19. 34 staff members have also tested positive.
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The greatest risk for nursing homes is COVID-19 spreading within facilities and among vulnerable residents.  Nursing homes are required to report positive COVID-19 cases to the health department. Louisiana's Department of Health said it will update nursing home data each Monday at its website:  ldh.la.gov   

UNDERLYING CONDITIONS - The Covid-19 case count in Louisiana has risen to 35,038 with 2,458 deaths.  Among  the most recent deaths,  many patients  had  more than one underlying condition.      59%  had  hypertension  which  continues to be the leading underlying condition in patients followed by diabetes at 37%, 21% had cardiac disease. Other factors of lower percentages were obesity,  chronic kidney disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary and  neurological conditions,  cancer, and asthma.