Positive COVID-19 cases reported by St. Tammany Health System
and the Louisiana Department of Health as of midday Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
(Since March 9)
(Since March 9)
As of midday Monday (Aug. 3, 2020) the Louisiana Department of Health was reporting 120,846 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide since March 9, an increase of 4,566 cases over figures from Saturday, the most recent day from which figures were available. That includes 4,808 cases reported to-date across St. Tammany Parish, an increase of 187 cases since Saturday. Additionally, 1,199 cases have been reported in Washington Parish and 3,159 in Tangipahoa Parish.
Statewide, LDH was reporting 1,496 COVID-19 patients under hospital care, a decrease of 50 patients since Saturday, including 20 positive-tested patients at St. Tammany Health System and one more with a test pending. 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.
STHS's Mandeville Diagnostic Center, which had been operating as the health system's site for drive-through COVID-19 testing, has returned to normal hours and operations. It is still 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.
Due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in our community and in our hospital, St. Tammany Health System is limiting visitation to one adult caregiver (18 years or older) per patient per day until further notice.
Additionally, in the interest of safety of visitors and hospital employees, the new visitation policy also requires the following:
- Caregivers must be free of fever and symptoms to enter any STHS facility.
- Caregivers must arrive in and wear a face covering for the entire duration of the visit.
- Caregivers are not permitted on isolation units.
- Caregivers are expected to stay in the patient room or procedure waiting area, masked at all times.
- To reduce traffic in public areas, caregivers are encouraged to order in-room dining (for a small fee) but food also may be purchased in the cafeteria or PJs Coffee Shop, both located on the first floor.
- Caregivers must adhere to all policies including social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing.
This caregiver 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 state regulations, this policy is subject to change.
In lieu of in-person visits, STHS leadership encourages patients and families to use technology to stay in touch while in our care.
As we continue to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our community and 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.