Reports are saying that Louisiana Department of Health officials have revoked seven nursing home licenses from the owner, who sent residents to a Hammond-area warehouse to evacuate Hurricane Ida. After reports came out of four residents dying at the facility, an investigation into the conditions at the warehouse began.
According to reports, approximately 850 Southeast Louisiana nursing home residents were transported to a warehouse near Hammond to escape Hurricane Ida. Four of the nursing home residents died at the facility with twelve others requiring hospitalization.
The American Healthcare Association and the National Center for Assisted Living are reporting that cases dropped to their lowest level since the government began tracking weekly cases in nursing homes in May 2020.
The AARP indicates the state is not doing a good enough job with the basic COVID-19 precautions needed to stem the loss of life and protect residents and staff in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
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.