Crews respond to chemical reaction at Harahan nursing home



City official says 23 positive cases of COVID-19 found at St. Joseph

HARAHAN, La. (WDSU) — Several fire trucks, EMS units and police officers were at St. Joseph of Harahan nursing home Friday night.

Officials tell WDSU a cleaning crew member became ill from a mix of chemicals used to clean part of the facility. This caused a portion of the nursing home to be evacuated. The condition of the cleaning crew member is unknown, and there are no other injuries reported at this time.

Our cameras spotted a few firefighters in HAZMAT suits. Family members of St. Joseph residents say they saw at least 6 people being taken out of the facility by medics.

A Harahan official also told us St. Joseph now has 23 positive cases of COVID-19.

Just a week ago on March 27, three EMS units, six cleaning service vehicles and several people in HAZMAT suits could be seen leaving St. Joseph.

This is one of more than 60 nursing homes in Louisiana with a cluster of COVID-19 cases. A cluster is two or more cases that appear to be connected.

Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich confirmed at least one person from St. Joseph of Harahan nursing home died from COVID-19. He did not say if the person was a resident at the home or a staff member. We have also not heard back from St. Joseph requesting more information about the reported death or multiple cases.

By: Christina Watkins

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