LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - There have been nineteen deaths from COVID-19 at area nursing homes, according to numbers released by the Louisiana Department of Health Monday.
However, the list did not say when the deaths occurred.
It was the first time in over a month that the state released the names of nursing homes with COVID-19 patients. When COVID-19 cases began to surge in Louisiana, the state initially identified nursing homes that had “clusters” of the virus. No Southwest Louisiana nursing home was identified before the state stopped releasing the list.
Nineteen deaths at four Southwest Louisiana nursing homes were reported when the state resumed identifying facilities with COVID-19 cases on Monday.
Eight deaths were reported at The Care Center of DeQuincy and eight deaths were reported at High Hope Care Center, north of Sulphur.
Randy Stelly, with High Hope Care Center, released the following statement:
“The facility’s first cases appeared mid-March; and though initially they were small in number, this rapidly changed due to the contagious nature of the virus and despite the facility’s best efforts, using all CDC and LDH guidance. In order to determine the scope of the situation, clinical staff and Medical Directors made the decision to be aggressive and test all residents, even those who showed no symptoms. This helped the facility get ahead of the crisis, and as a result, 49 residents have recovered from the virus and there are currently only 8 active cases remaining. On April 30, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Health conducted a COVID-19 Focus Survey at the facility, reviewing in detail all of its efforts in response to this major health crisis. No deficient practices were cited.”
“We continue to fight extremely hard to protect the health and safety of our residents to the best of our ability and we are deeply saddened that not all of our residents were able to recover. High Hope would like to thank its family members and fellow healthcare providers in the community for their overwhelming support and assistance during this time.”
Rosewood Nursing Center in Lake Charles reported two deaths and Lake Charles Care Center reported one death.
Here is the breakdown of reports of COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana nursing facilities.
Read the full report below.