The Louisiana Nursing Home Association has taken a strong position in its efforts to prevent the coronavirus from entering nursing homes in the state. They are asking family and friends to not visit residents until further notice.

"LNHA asks that the public support efforts to protect nursing facility residents by not visiting a nursing facility until further notice in order to limit potential exposure," Mark Berger, executive director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association said. "Loved ones should call the nursing facility to arrange alternative ways to communicate with residents."

The LNHA has said it is working to protect all facilities against the potential threat of COVID-19.

"Member facilities have implemented an extensive screening process of visitors, vendors and staff to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 to residents. This includes updated infection control procedures, including a focus on proper hand hygiene."

The LNHA represents more than 250 nursing facilities and assisted living communities in the state that care for about 25,000 individuals.