NEW ORLEANS –Officials with Louisiana’s major network of hospitals and urgent treatment centers claimed Wednesday, March 25 that about 60 staff members analyzed constructive for COVID-19, and somewhere around 300 staff have been quarantined.
Ochsner Wellbeing President and CEO Warner Thomas declared the figures for the duration of a conference connect with with customers of the media.
Thomas mentioned these quantities depict a portion of the “thousands and thousands” of folks employed by Ochsner, which includes 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals and more than 100 well being facilities and urgent treatment centers with approximately 25,000 staff members, building it the state’s largest well being system, according to the Ochsner web page.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has continuously claimed that the state’s health and fitness treatment program could fail below the strain of an influx of coronavirus clients.
“The coronavirus distribute and its influence could start to outpace our overall health care potential in a selected region,” Edwards said during a March 19 press conference. “Down in the Orleans, Jefferson region, within just about seven to 10 times with out more help from the federal governing administration.”
That worry was a main driver guiding Edwards’ drive for a federal main disaster declaration for Louisiana, which President Donald Trump granted on March 24.
The well being system is also dealing with a scarcity of nurses. Staffers from other clinics in the state are being redeployed to support in the coronavirus disaster
“We’re redeploying folks like professional medical assistants that are normally in our clinics to go to our inpatient floors to work as qualified nurse assistants to support our RNs or LPNs in the healthcare facility,” Thomas said.
Ochsner is also experiencing a bed scarcity in the New Orleans area, particularly in the ICU. There is a lack of coronavirus examination kits, but Thomas said the variety of kits is ramping up ideal now.