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4.21.20 COVID-19 UPDATE

April 22, 2020 | Posted in Uncategorized

The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him, may have eternal life. – John 3:14-15

A blessed Easter season to you all!

As a community, we have experienced an unprecedented Easter season. By virtue of social distancing and “stay-at-home” orders, our Easter celebrations were far from normal. The same is true for our residents and staff who have experienced a most unusual season.

As predicted, the last two weeks have been challenging for our community as the number of COVID-19 diagnoses and, sadly, deaths, continue to rise. By the grace of God, we have seen hospitalizations and ventilator usage decline, which according to the state leaders, leads us to believe that our social distancing protocols are working to slow the spread of the virus in our community. In the same way, we understand that our visitation policy has been hard on you, particularly around the holiday, but we know this is in the best interest of our residents.

Once again, we can confirm that over the past few weeks, our three skilled nursing facilities have seen additional residents showing signs of infection. In line with guidance from the Louisiana Department of Public Health, we are not able to share specific numbers and cases.

For those residents impacted, the responsible party and physician are notified. Only residents with symptoms requiring hospitalization are being sent out meaning that for many, we have managed symptoms in the facility with care coordinated under the supervision of our medical directors. Our COVID-19 isolation unit, which opened in early April filled quickly. As a result, we have created additional isolation space within our facilities with staff dedicated to serving positive residents.

Our focus continues to be meeting the needs of our residents while caring for and supporting our staff.

May God’s grace surround us this Easter season!

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