State of Louisiana Protects Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19

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The State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Health issued an order prohibiting hospitals from discharging COVID-19 positive patients (or patients with respiratory symptoms) into nursing homes. We applaud this prudent and crucial measure and urge California and other states to immediately follow their excellent example.

The relevant portion of the order reads in part:

 -the Department hereby temporarily prohibits hospital to nursing facility discharges for the following three types of patients for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this Notice: 

(a) A patient with active COVID-19; 

(b) A patient that has a pending COVID-19 test; and 

(c) A patient that has undiagnosed, active respiratory symptoms. 

You can download and view the entire order HERE (PDF).