The Louisiana Department of Health added Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation to its statewide list of the 28 long-term care facilities with identified COVID-19 clusters on Monday, March 30.
A cluster is defined as two or more cases that appear to be connected.
Last weekend, a 73-year-old resident died of COVID-19 after being admitted to the hospital and testing positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
On March 23, the day after the resident’s death, Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation released a statement saying, “we have no confirmed or suspected cases in our facility at present.”
On Friday, March 27, Holyfield reported no additional cases of coronavirus among the staff or residents of the facility. However, in an email Monday, Myles Holyfield of Legacy Management Group confirmed that an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
“Today, we have had one resident and now have one employee to test positive,” Holyfield said Monday.
According to Holyfield, the employee stopped coming to work at the facility after becoming symptomatic on March 18.
No other residents or staff members have been identified as symptomatic, Holyfield said Monday.
The facility began taking precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 5, according to Myles Holyfield of Legacy Management Group. Those precautions include limiting outside visits only to necessary appointments, allowing only essential healthcare professionals to enter the facility and screening all staff and visitors upon entry.