COVID-19 cases at La. nursing homes

COVID-19 cases at La. nursing homes
Chateau D'ville in Ascension Parish. (Source: WAFB)

UPDATED: Monday, May 18

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health is tracking the numbers of coronavirus cases in nursing homes and other adult residential care facilities statewide.

Click here for a detailed report from LDH on nursing home cases and deaths. The report was released Monday, May 18.

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During a press conference, Gov. Edwards noted that updates to the data will be released every Monday and will include the facility name and parish, the number of cumulative cases among residents, cumulative cases among staff, and the number of deaths among residents, if they’ve had one or more deaths.

“Early on, we were reporting cases in nursing homes without the name of the individual facility. That became increasingly difficult as cases increased,” he explained. “In many cases a resident of a nursing home is tested and positive for COVID-19, but not while they’re in the nursing home, they’re tested in a hospital or another outside provider and that further makes it difficult to report it accurately.”

Gov. Edwards said there will likely be more data points being released over the coming weeks.

“As we move from mitigation to suppression of the virus and we begin to slowly ease restrictions on the economy, we are ramping up our contact tracing across the state and I think this allows us to to move to a new system of reporting as well.”

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