Weekly update on COVID-19

Dr. Jalal Joudeh, Chief of Staff for DeQuincy Memorial Hospital and DeQuincy Medical Clinic Head Physician informed DeQuincy News on Tuesday, Apr. 21, at press time that 184 test kits for Corona Virus (COVID-19) had been administered in DeQuincy. Only 33 patients have tested positive from a local lab and three from other labs. Patients are being monitored on a regular basis at home by their PCP.

Dr. Joudeh said, “Fortunately the majority of our patients are doing well at home.”

As of today, according to Louisiana Department of Health. There is 334 cases in Calcasieu Parish and 20 Deaths.

In Louisiana there is a total of 24,854 cases and 1,405 deaths.

Dr. Joudeh encourages everyone to keep their guard up, stay at home, and call their personal care physician if they have any concerns or questions.
He said this crisis is not over and in a very short time things can turn. The state’s numbers are flattening. Joudeh emphasized this is a respiratory virus that enters the body through nose, mouth and eye contact by touching or breathing, therefore be vigilant about social distancing by six feet; and also wear a mask when you go to the store, and continue with safe hand washing as set by CDC, federal and state official guidelines. Try limiting going to the grocery store, eating out, and large gatherings, etc.

Dr. Joudeh said that himself, Dr. Chadha, Dr. Jacobs, and DeQuincy Memorial Hospital are working together during this pandemic to assure the highest possible quality of health care delivery for the residents of DeQuincy and surrounding areas.

Everyone be safe and God bless.