Positive COVID-19 cases reported by St. Tammany Health System
and the Louisiana Department of Health as of midday Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
(Since March 9)
(Since March 9)
As of midday Friday (Oct. 23, 2020) the Louisiana Department of Health was reporting 178,870 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide since March 9, an increase of 699 cases over day-earlier figures. That includes a total of 7,640 cases reported to-date across St. Tammany Parish, a day-over-day increase of 38 cases. Additionally, 1,737 cases have been reported to-date in Washington Parish and 4,959 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Statewide, LDH was reporting 620 COVID-19 patients currently under hospital care, a day-over-day increase of 22. That includes five inpatients receiving COVID care at St. Tammany Health System. All STHS patients who test positive or are suspected of being infected with COVID-19 are kept in isolation, and all colleagues are following proper procedures.
St. Tammany Health System remains equipped and staffed to address the needs of our community.
Wear a mask or other face covering in public,
wash your hands, cough and sneeze into your elbow,
Do not seek care in the emergency room
if you are not experiencing an emergency.
All patients and other visitors to STHS facilities, including children, are required to wear a mask in keeping with state guidelines.
If you have flu symptoms and had contact with people or places with COVID-19, call 985-898-4001 to schedule a Virtual Visit with a St. Tammany Health System provider.
St. Tammany Health System’s COVID-19 collection site – where specimens are collected to be tested for presence of the novel coronavirus – is located at 4410 Highway 22 in Mandeville, adjacent to Tiffany Lanes. The site will operate Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for patients with doctor’s orders. Results are expected to be returned in three to five days.
STHS's Mandeville Diagnostic Center is also conducting drive-through COVID testing for patients with physicians orders.
Tests for COVID antibodies, which indicate a prior infection, are available through the Mandeville Diagnostic Center as well as at STHS's Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion on Bootlegger Road.
To protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, we continue to maintain visitor restrictions in accordance with recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Visitation is limited to one person per patient per day.
- Visitors must be 18 years or older.
- Visitors must be free of fever and symptoms to be admitted to any STHS facility.
- Visitors must adhere to all policies including social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing.
- Visitors must arrive in and wear a face covering for the entire duration of the visit.
- Visitors must stay in the procedure waiting area or in the patient room, masked at all times.
- Visitors are asked not to gather in common/public areas.
- Visitors are encouraged to order in-room dining (for a small fee); however, food may be purchased in the cafeteria or PJs Coffee Shop.
- Visitors are permitted on isolation units only under the following special circumstances:
- COVID-19 positive: 15-minute visitation in the hallway, exterior to the patient’s room (max of 2); coordination required with nursing.
- COVID-19 end-of-life: Follows guidelines and care planning not included in this document; nursing personnel will coordinate on a case-by-case basis.
- Other special circumstances:
- Laboring patient: Two support persons (including doula) while in labor and during delivery; following delivery (post-partum), one spouse/visitor only.
- Minor children (under the age of 18): ED/procedures/surgery/inpatient stay(NICU/ PICU/ peds) both parents/visitors (max of two).
- Non-COVID end-of-life care: Adult children, parents and adult siblings may visit 24/7.
This visitor policy may be adjusted for patient safety or compassionate reasons in a clinician’s judgment. As we continue to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our community and adhere to state regulations, this policy is subject to change.
FURTHER COVID-19 RESOURCES
We work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to make sure that we are informed. We manage our facilities to ensure we are supplied and prepared for our community’s needs. For information, call the Office of Public Health COVID-19 Information Line, 855-523-2652, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For COVID-19 updates, visit the following sites:
St. Tammany Heath System: STPH.org/News/
Ochsner Health System: https://www.ochsner.org/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): coronavirus.gov
Louisiana Department of Health (LDH): http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
St. Tammany Parish Government: www.stpgov.org/COVID19
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools: http://www.stpsb.org/coronavirus/
Find the most recently reported statistics from the Louisiana Department of Health, which is updated daily at noon, at LDH.la.gov/Coronavirus.