7 Louisiana nursing homes closed due to death of their patients during Hurricane Ida
Seven patients from nursing homes in Louisiana were pronounced dead, five deaths were caused by Hurricane Ida, after which the Ministry of Health initiated checks on the cases, but the nursing homes did not allow representatives of the ministry.
Seven Louisiana nursing homes on Saturday were ordered to close immediately because their patients were evacuated to a single warehouse ahead of Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Department of Health said.
Pending further regulatory action, State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter has ordered the immediate closure of the 7 #nursinghomes that evacuated to Independence on Friday, August 27 ahead of #HurricaneIda.— Louisiana Department of Health (@LADeptHealth) September 4, 2021
Department personnel visited the warehouse on Monday and Tuesday and "observed conditions that have caused great concern to the State Health Officer that he reasonably believes may cause a danger to the public life, health, and safety," according to a separate state order prohibiting the return of residents to the seven facilities.
Read the news release with link to State Health Order here: https://t.co/DKw0ksaDpZ— Louisiana Department of Health (@LADeptHealth) September 4, 2021
State inspectors who went to the warehouse in the town of Independence "were expelled from the property" and "were subject to intimidation by the owner of the seven nursing facilities," the health department said.
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