BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The state of Louisiana is now releasing the names of nursing homes where residents have tested positive for the coronavirus and where there have been deaths from COVID-19.
As of Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health was providing updated numbers on the state’s COVID-19 website. The data provided includes how many people are in the nursing home, the total reported COVID-19 cases among residents, the total reported COVID-19 deaths among residents, and total reported COVID-19 cases among staff.
According to the latest report from the Louisiana Department of Health, there are figures from 48 nursing homes in Northwest Louisiana. 642 cases are reported among residents in 40 of those nursing homes, with 129 deaths. 293 staff members have also tested positive.
As the most populated and hardest hit parish, Caddo also has the most nursing homes and the highest number of cases and deaths in those facilities in Northwest Louisiana, with 473 cases in 20 facilities. The LDH data shows 94 residents have died in nursing homes in Caddo Parish. 188 cases have been reported among staff.
Highland Place Rehab and Nursing Center in Shreveport is reporting the largest number of cases and resident deaths in Caddo Parish. While LDH lists the total number of residents as “pending,” the facility is reporting 124 cases and 17 deaths at the facility. There are also 34 cases reported among staff.
Below is a searchable database of the data in the report for NWLA nursing homes. Click here to view the latest reports for facilities statewide.
In a statement, the Louisiana Nursing Home Association said,
“Throughout this pandemic, LNHA and its membership have encouraged Louisiana’s nursing facilities to be transparent with their residents and residents’ family members regarding a positive COVID-19 case in their facility. LNHA supports the decisions made by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) as our collective focus is the health and safety of nursing facility residents and staff. The dedicated staff in Louisiana’s nursing facilities are working tirelessly to fight for our state’s most vulnerable population. We are proud to hear about the incredible, inspiring resident recovery stories.
LNHA applauds the staff’s dedication, passion and hard work in preventing the further spread of the virus and caring for their residents. As testing capabilities increase across the state, we expect the number of positive cases, many of which are asymptomatic cases, to rise. We believe this provides a vital resource for facilities and staff to effectively isolate, treat and prevent the spread of the virus further. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for nursing facility residents, residents’ family members and staff members during this difficult time.”KAREN MILLER – COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR, LOUISIANA NURSING HOME ASSOCIATION