BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On the same day that Ochsner Health reported a 25% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since Friday, the hospital released a statement.
That statement delves into what the hospital is doing to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic a well as the future plan for employees and the COVID-19 vaccine.
The statement from Warner Thomas, President & CEO, of Ochsner Health, can be found below:
“Last week, Ochsner Health announced enhanced employee and patient safety protection protocols, including weekly COVID-19 testing and the wearing of N95 masks for unvaccinated staff, as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and its variants. Additionally, we maintain our plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all employees once the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Cases in Louisiana continue to rise at an unprecedented rate while our vaccination rates continue to be low.
We know that vaccination saves lives and as part of the oath we’ve taken as healthcare providers to do no harm, we stand by our decision to make vaccinations a requirement for all employees once EUA is lifted and put additional safety measures in place to protect our staff and patients. In the last week, we’ve had an additional 1,144 employees begin their vaccination series and see more of our colleagues and community members stepping up and rolling up their sleeves every day. We remain a steadfast advocate for vaccination and for the additional proven protections provided by widespread and proper masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene. Only by working together can we put an end to this unnecessary loss of life.”
— Warner Thomas
President & CEO, Ochsner Health
On Tuesday, COVID hospitalizations reached an ‘all time high’ in Louisiana.
Gov. Edwards reiterated his belief on Tuesday that Louisiana residents need to mask up and get vaccinated in order to save lives.
We are in the fourth surge of our fight against COVID-19 and this surge is tougher than what we’ve faced before. Listen to Dr. Phyllis Mason and use the one-two punch of masking and getting vaccinated to beat back this trend and save lives. #lagov pic.twitter.com/VEst62vfDS— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) August 3, 2021