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LDH to resume naming nursing homes with COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 5:45 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:46:32-04

Louisiana will resume naming nursing homes with confirmed cases of COVID-19, executive counsel to Gov. Edwards announced on Wednesday in front of a legislative committee.

Matthew Block said the state will include "individual names of nursing homes and all the metrics that are involved in each particular nursing home" beginning on May 18.

The state stopped releasing the names in April of nursing homes that had reported having "clusters" of cases.

The Advocate and The Times-Picayune filed multiple public records requests for the names, saying that they are public record.

LDH currently reports the total number of nursing homes and adult residential facilities with COVID-19 cases. Those numbers are updated each Monday and Wednesday.

Nursing homes have been hotpots for the virus statewide, especially in New Orleans at Lambeth House, which The Advocate reports has seen at least 18 deaths and more than 50 confirmed cases.

In St. Mary Parish, a number of deaths at a Franklin nursing home have been linked to the novel coronavirus.

Read more from The Advocate here.

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