COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at La. nursing homes

COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at La. nursing homes
The Louisiana Department of Health announced six "clusters" of COVID-19 at nursing homes in La. as of March 25, 2020. (Source: WAFB)

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 8

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health announced they have identified COVID-19 in 93 nursing homes in the state.

There are a total of 436 nursing homes and adult residential care facilities in Louisiana. Within nursing homes, 557 patients have been reported to have COVID-19. Among nursing home residents, 130 deaths have been reported.

LDH has stopped reporting new “clusters.”

Below is the list of the nursing homes in the state with confirmed clusters. LDH has stopped reporting new “clusters” so you will not see the full list of nursing homes. These facilities have been notified by the Department of Health:

Region 1

  • Bayside Health
  • Chateau de Notre Dame
  • Chateau Living Center
  • Good Samaritan Rehab and Nursing Center
  • Inspired Living Kenner
  • Jefferson Healthcare
  • Jo Ellen Smith Living Center
  • John Berchmans
  • Lambeth House
  • Marrero Health Care Center
  • Metairie Healthcare
  • Nouveau Marc
  • Poydras Home
  • River Palm Nursing and Rehab
  • Riverbend Nursing and Rehab
  • Saint Jude's Nursing Home
  • Saint Martin's Manor
  • St Anthony's Nursing Home
  • St Francis Villa Assisted Living
  • St Joseph of Harahan
  • The Suites at Algiers Point
  • Vista Shores Assisted Living

Region 2

  • Chateau D'Ville Rehab and Retirement
  • Flannery Oaks Guest House
  • Haven’s Gateway Personal Care Facility Inc.
  • Lakeview Manor Nursing Home
  • Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation of Port Allen
  • Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home
  • St. James Place - Highland Court Nursing Home

Region 3

  • Chateau Saint James
  • Luling Living Center
  • Ormond Nursing and Care Center
  • South East Louisiana Veterans Home

Region 6

  • Colonial Nursing Home
  • Evergreen Life Services

Region 7

  • Brookdale Shreveport Assisted Living
  • Montclair Park Assisted Living Center
  • Vivian Healthcare Center

Region 8

  • Cherry Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility

Region 9

  • Belle Maison
  • Forest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Green Briar Community Care
  • Guesthouse of Slidell Nursing Home
  • Oak Park Village
  • Pontchartrain Health Care
  • St. Anthony’s Gardens

A cluster is identified as two or more cases that appear to be connected. A cluster is considered cleared 28 days after the last positive test result.

LDH will rely on facilities for reporting on the most up-to-date information. LDH officials say they will continue to work with nursing homes to minimize the spread of the coronavirus and protect residents and staff.

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LDH reported Monday, March 23 the second cluster of COVID-19 cases was identified at the Chateau D’Ville retirement community in Donaldsonville.

Signs out in front of the nursing home say: “No visitors at this time.”

“There is a cluster at the Chateau D’Ville nursing home in Donaldsonville. I don’t have a whole lot of information on it because of the HIPAA law,” said Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan.

LDH officials say they discovered five cases at Chateau D’Ville March 23.

“We put our family members in nursing homes in order for them to be cared for, because we may not be able to do it 24/7. And then when something like this happens, you know, it’s a setback for the community,” said Sullivan.

WAFB’s Lester Duhé called the Chateau D’Ville Rehab and Retirement Center Monday, March 23 and asked how those five residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are doing. The person over the phone told him, they “cannot speak to the media at this time.”

This was the second “cluster” of cases discovered by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

The other cluster is at the Lambeth House in New Orleans, where there have been 42 COVID-19 patients and nine deaths so far.

But what is a cluster exactly?

“For example, if we found two patients in a nursing home that were staying in rooms next to each other, we would start to worry. Or for example, if we found several people in a prison population that were closely associated in the same dorm. But out in the community, we would consider a cluster much more broadly. For example, like what if we had five or six kids in an elementary school classroom, you know, they could’ve gotten it lots of other places, so the word cluster for COVID-19, isn’t strictly defined as a number, it’s also situational,” said Dr. Frank Welch with LDH.

Basically, when LDH sees multiple cases of coronavirus in a specific community and those cases seem to have a similar connection, it’s considered a cluster.

With those individuals who are 65 years or older being more at risk for complications from the virus, LDH really puts its focus and attention on cases like this.

“To help protect not only those people who are involved, make sure it doesn’t spread further in that environment, make sure we get those people the care that they need, but that is to get one of those special circumstances, where we really want to pay attention, because those are the people most at risk,” said Dr. Welch.

Officials with LDH say they are working with Chateau D’Ville to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus infection. LDH has also requested additional assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asking that they send over an epidemiology team, which is the same thing they’ve done for the Lambeth House as well.

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