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Five coronavirus cases reported at Chateau D'ville

Michael Tortorich
Plaquemine Post South

No visitors at this time” a sign read outside the entrance of Chateau D’ville Rehab and Retirement in Donaldsonville Monday afternoon.

Despite efforts to quarantine residents, the Louisiana Department of Health reported five cases of COVID-19 found at the location.

LDH released an update through its web siteldh.la.gov, revealing the second “cluster” of coronavirus cases discovered in the state.

Previously, LDH identified 42 coronavirus patients at Lambeth House, an independent and assisted living community located at 150 Broadway Street in the Uptown area of New Orleans.

LDH has reported nine deaths at the Lambeth House, a facility of about 260 residents.

A nursing home is not designated as a cluster until multiple cases are found there, LDH officials have said. 

In Baton Rouge, a resident and employee of St. James Place both tested positive for coronavirus, according to the company’s leaders. Those cases were not classified as a cluster by the state’s health agency.

Chateau D’ville, located at 401 Vatican Drive, has been working with LDH on the matter, according to the release.

LDH has requested assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in handling the Donaldsonville cases.

Chateau D’ville, operated by Priority Management, is a 141-bed skilled nursing facility which provides physician-directed short- and long-term care with 24-hour nursing and rehabilitation services, according to the for-proft company’s web site. Priority Management operates 21 skilled nursing facilities throughout Louisiana and Texas.

According to the Nursing Home Compare section ofmedicare.gov, Chateau D'ville was inspected in July 2019, August 2018, and July 2017.

Though deficiencies were reported, all were classified as "minimal harm or potential for actual harm." The level of harm from least to most was a two out of four for all deficiencies.

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan opened his Monday live briefing by announcing the report of the five cases at Chateau D’ville.

We will continue to keep you in our prayers,” he said to the patients and their families.