3.31.20 COVID-19 Update: Isolation Unit
Notre Dame Health System opens an isolation unit today, March 31, to house residents from any of its three residential facilities who are exhibiting symptoms or have been confirmed with COVID-19 diagnoses.
The refurbished unit is on the campus of Wynhoven Health Care Center but is in a completely separate building from the nursing home or nearby senior apartment complex. The isolation unit is equipped to initially accommodate eight patients and can be expanded to 10 beds if necessary.
A dedicated skilled nursing staff cares for patients in the unit. They only work at the isolation unit and not at any other Notre Dame Health System facility.
“We made the decision last week to open this isolation unit to help alleviate some of the overwhelming burden on the hospitals in the New Orleans area,” says Notre Dame Health System President and CEO Wayne Plaisance. “No one was prepared for this crisis, but we responded by making the investment into refurbishing this facility to care for our residents.”
Plaisance explains that if a resident at any of their residential facilities presents fever or other symptoms of coronavirus, they will be transported to the isolation unit at Wynhoven for subsequent testing and care until test results are received. Currently, due to the demand on hospitals and lack of beds, people are being sent away after testing as they await results.
“Like many in the healthcare profession, we are also in need of personal protection equipment (PPE), medical and cleaning supplies, to sufficiently operate the unit for the long-term,” notes Plaisance.
The System is accepting donations of surgical gloves, gowns, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes. Anyone wanting to make a donation can email email@example.com to arrange for a pickup or drop off.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to Archbishop Chapelle High School, St. Scholastica Academy – Covington, Louisiana and Mrs. Gayle Benson for donating medical supplies, gloves and hand sanitizer to our residential communities. If you would like to donate medical and cleaning supplies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pickup or drop off.
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