Local news for New Orleans, Louisiana reported on a slowdown of coronavirus cases infecting nursing homes. However, there was some debate related to the reasons for this drop in new infections and whether the pandemic may be ending or not.
Louisiana’s coronavirus cases drop in nursing homes but no agreement as to why
There are over 23,000 residents in nursing homes in Louisiana, and the rate of coronavirus cases among this group seems to be in a steep decline. Health experts released the data with a warning, saying that there is no consensus regarding what has caused the decline and that it is too early to draw any broad conclusions based on this information. About 40% of all COVID-19 related deaths in Louisiana have been nursing home patients, which has caused this vulnerable group to receive special focus from the government and healthcare officials.
During the month of June 2020, the number of deaths in these facilities seemed to be dropping weekly, and it sits at about half of the high mark set in the prior two months. Officials now believe that the peak of the outbreak was likely during late March and mid April, as the nursing home decline seems to reflect an overall statewide decline in new cases all over Louisiana. The state’s department of health mentioned that there have been small pockets of increases, but nothing like the prior months or any indication that another widespread outbreak will occur. The number of deaths in nursing homes in the state peaked right around April 20th.
A spokesperson from the department of health did give a warning that the pandemic is not over and people should not feel that they can ignore warnings based on a couple weeks worth of new data. New trends related to infections may occur within the coming weeks, and there are still a lot of unknowns regarding both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases and how they can spread quickly in closed settings like a nursing home.
The U.S. government and various media outlets estimate that somewhere between 30% and 40% of all of the nation’s coronavirus deaths may have involved nursing home patients.
The duty to protect the elderly and sick
Nursing homes are normally supposed to protect those under their care from illness and other kinds of neglect and abuse. However, the pandemic highlights just how vulnerable this population is to disease and other health conditions. Anyone who has had a family member become ill or die in a facility should get legal help.
Nursing home abuse lawyers in the Baton Rouge area
There are attorneys who represent clients throughout the state of Louisiana in their cases against nursing homes. To get more information, contact:
3960 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806