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3.22.20 COVID-19 Update

Dear Families of Notre Dame Health System:

Our first priority is the health and well-being of your loved ones and keeping you informed of developments at our facilities. Coronavirus has created an unprecedented health care crisis in our community and around the world. As you are aware, on March 11, we implemented a no visitation policy, which we know has been difficult for you, and began screening staff coming into work for any symptoms. At the same time, we implemented practices to monitor our residents including taking temperatures regularly. We believe these methods, which are in full compliance with all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Louisiana Department of Health regulations, are our best defense in keeping our residents healthy.

At this point, I need to inform you that two residents at Chateau de Notre Dame presented a low-grade fever in what is now the routine screening and both were sent offsite to area hospitals. Both residents have received a presumptive positive diagnosis for COVID-19. They remain hospitalized and are not onsite at Chateau. There are no cases at Wynhoven Health Care or Our Lady of Wisdom.

All regulatory agencies, including the CDC, have been notified.

Please know that as we have communicated to you before, this is a fluid situation. We will continue to monitor our residents and staff and keep you posted of any additional developments.

In a proactive step to respond to the needs of our residents and the community, Notre Dame Heath System received approval from the State of Louisiana to prepare a facility where we can isolate patients that show any symptoms of possible infection. This will begin as an eight-bed isolation unit and has the potential to grow. We expect it to open early this coming week, and it will be a safe place to move residents quickly to receive the care they need if necessary while allowing staff to care for them appropriately. This is also our attempt to alleviate some burden on the area hospitals by providing a place to transfer patients when possible.

I want to reassure you that we are maintaining a high quality of care for your loved ones. In this challenging time we are proud to inform you that we remain staffed and have implemented all new guidance from our regulating agencies. We are so grateful to our staff for their commitment to our residents. We know this is difficult for you. Know that you are in our prayers and we ask you to pray for us as we move forward together.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us!

Wayne Plaisance

Executive Director, Notre Dame Health System

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