It is sad to hear that the elders of our nation are in great danger from being in nursing homes. The coronavirus has devastated the nursing home community and has taken away many of its residents.
"We're at a very fragile point right now," Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit providers of aging services, told USA Today. "Because as states and communities begin to reopen, we still have no more than a patchwork plan for protecting older lives."
The government and nursing home facilities were both underprepared for the devastation to come from COVID-19, and the exalted number of deaths is still shocking. The Louisiana Department of Health has updates on the number of deaths and cases of COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes. The numbers were last updated on June 15.
Forest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Tammany Parish currently has the highest death toll, reaching 38. Chateau de Notre Dame in Orleans Parish has had about 50 cases with 11 deaths.
In brighter news, John J. Hainkel Jr Home & Rehabilitation Center in Orleans Parish has had no cases and no deaths from COVID-19.
Statistics say that over 40,000 nursing home residents and workers have passed away from COVID-19, and 40 percent of the nation's total recent deaths in nursing homes were caused by the coronavirus.
This saddening news only makes us hope more that there is a cure for this deadly virus so our family, friends, and elderly community can return to safety.