State officials said Friday there are 61 nursing homes in Louisiana with confirmed coronavirus cases.
The state says 261 nursing home residents have tested positive for the virus statewide, with 60 deaths.
According to data released by the Department of Health this week, at least 47 of those facilities have coronavirus "clusters," which means two or more cases that appear to be connected.
St. James Place is one of eight homes in the Baton Rouge area with a cluster.
The area facilities with clusters are: Chateau D'Ville Rehab and Retirement; Flannery Oaks Guest House; Haven’s Gateway Personal Care Facility Inc.; Lakeview Manor Nursing Home; Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation; Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation of Port Allen; Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home; and St. James Place - Highland Court Nursing Home.
Chateau D'ville is one of the first homes in our area to report clusters of cases outside of New Orleans. As of this week, nursing home administrators tell us there were 11 cases at the facility. That's up from the five that were reported nearly two weeks ago.
Leroy Williams said his heart aches for the people inside.
"Just hoping they can catch this before it starts spreading and do damage to other people," Williams said.
Others like Demarcus Capers said he knows the staff is doing the best they can. Capers used to work at the facility.
"A lot of people that I do know and have interacted with... I feel bad their families have to go through this, because it's a lot going on," Capers said.
The facility said their staff has gone through training and education to fight this pandemic but acknowledged this is a very challenging situation.
Statewide, these are the 47 nursing homes currently identified as clusters:
Chateau de Notre Dame
Chateau Living Center
Good Samaritan Rehab and Nursing Center
Inspired Living Kenner
Jo Ellen Smith Living Center
Marrero Health Care Center
River Palm Nursing and Rehab
Riverbend Nursing and Rehab
Saint Jude's Nursing Home
Saint Martin's Manor
St Anthony's Nursing Home
St Francis Villa Assisted Living
St Joseph of Harahan
The Suites at Algiers Point
Vista Shores Assisted Living
Chateau D'Ville Rehab and Retirement
Flannery Oaks Guest House
Haven’s Gateway Personal Care Facility Inc.
Lakeview Manor Nursing Home
Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation
Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation of Port Allen
Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home
St. James Place - Highland Court Nursing Home
Chateau Saint James
Luling Living Center
Ormond Nursing and Care Center
South East Louisiana Veterans Home
Colonial Nursing Home
Evergreen Life Services
Brookdale Shreveport Assisted Living
Montclair Park Assisted Living Center
Vivian Healthcare Center
Cherry Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility
Forest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Green Briar Community Care
Guesthouse of Slidell Nursing Home
Oak Park Village
Pontchartrain Health Care
St. Anthony's Gardens