NEW ORLEANS — As COVID-19 began tearing its way through hundreds of Louisiana nursing homes in March 2020, the Louisiana Department of Health stopped naming which long-term care facilities bore the brunt of the deadly pandemic. 

An analysis of state-wide data reveals nursing home residents account for more than a third of all deaths from COVID-19, 784 out of 2,135 statewide as of May 8.

While the numbers are staggering, experts say they’re not surprising.

“It’s a group of people with either advanced age or advanced medical conditions who are living in relatively close quarters with people, with caregivers who are going from patient to patient,” said Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich.

The agency responsible for coordinating the pandemic response, urging the wide-ranging shutdown

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