Ochsner Baton Rouge surpasses 48 hours with no hospitalized COVID patients

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge (OMCBR) has surpassed 48 hours without any hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

OMCBR discharged its only COVID-19 inpatient case on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 12:58 p.m., according to health officials.

“We had two very sick people who we thought may have COVID,” said Dianne Teal, OMCBR Chief Nursing Officer. “The first test came back negative, and it was down to one. When the second patient’s test result came back negative on Monday afternoon, we thought, ‘is this it?’.  I had to double-check the report to confirm that we really didn’t have a single person in our hospital with COVID-19.”

Per OMCBR’s census report on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 a.m., the data listed under COVID Patients Currently Admitted read ‘===== No Results Found =====’.

“In June of 2020, we had a few hours where we were COVID free,” stated Ralph Dauterive, M.D., OMCBR Vice President of Medical Affairs. “But that didn’t last long and very few people even realized it. This time, it’s already been days without seeing someone so sick from COVID that they need to be hospitalized. We have a tremendous reason to celebrate.”

“I’m so happy, but want to provide a word of caution,” added Teal. “We are still seeing positive COVID cases in our emergency department and at our community testing sites. This isn’t over, but we need to take every victory.”

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be made by calling 844-888-2772 or visiting MyOchsner.org.

Vaccination locations can be found at ochsner.org/vaccineinfo.

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