- Four Louisiana nursing home residents died at a new facility where they had been sent before Hurricane Ida.
- State officials say they will be launching an investigation after not being allowed on the premises to do a proper inspection.
- “We have significant concerns about conditions in this facility,” state officials said.
Four nursing home residents died after being evacuated to another Louisiana facility before Hurricane Ida.
The residents were evacuated from Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Terrebonne Parish on August 27 prior to the storm. State officials say while the exact causes of death have not been confirmed, coroners say three were classified as “storm-related.”
Another 12 residents at the same facility were hospitalized for injuries sustained during the storm.
The Louisiana Department of Health released a statement Thursday that it will be launching an investigation into the Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, facility where the four residents were sent.
According to statement, officials were prevented from inspecting the premises on August 31 after “hearing reports of deteriorating conditions at the facility” after the storm. Details concerning the state of the facility were not included in the report, though the state has “significant concerns about conditions in this facility.”
The remaining 843 residents evacuated to the Tangipahoa Parish facility have been moved to seven other nursing homes and care facilities throughout the state.
“We will do everything we can to make sure our most vulnerable citizens are properly taken care of,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Thursday. “It appears that that most certainly was not the case here.”
The state health department did not specifically name the facility so Insider was not able to reach out for comment from the operator. The 843 residents at the facility all came from nursing homes operated by businessman Bob Dean, according to the Times-Picayune and Fox 8 New Orleans, citing records from the Louisiana secretary of state’s office. Dean did not return the Times-Picayune’s phone calls.
As of Friday, Louisiana’s death toll from Hurricane Ida hit 10 reported Reuters.