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COVID-19 Updates

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Updated: February 8, 2022



  • We have 21 COVID-19 patients hospitalized (down 12 from Feb. 2).
  • We have 4 COVID-19 patients on ventilators (same as Feb. 2).
  • We have returned 51 employees back to work since last week, leaving 19 out monitoring.
  • Chief Medical Officer Robert Peltier, M.D., reports that the Washington State predictive model was updated on Feb. 4, and all news is good! It forecasts that Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, which currently stand at 1,500, will decrease to 500 by March 1 and to 250 by April.
  • In response, President/CEO Michele Sutton announces the following changes:
    • Weekly COVID-19 Leadership Calls and related “everyone” emails will be discontinued after today.
    • COVID-19 numbers will be reported in Weekly Vitals on Mondays.
    • Effective Wednesday, Feb. 9, we will resume regular visitation for non-COVID-19 patients. (As a reminder, COVID-19 positive patients cannot have visitors except in cases of end-of-life.)


  • A community COVID-19 Update with Dr. Peltier and Johnny Chauvin is planned for 7:10 a.m. this Thursday, Feb. 10 on Tangi 96.5 FM.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, call Employee Wellness immediately at (985) 230-SICK [7425] for timely testing and guidance.


Resources for Managing Crisis Fatigue

There is no doubt that this has been a trying year, and you might be experiencing extended periods of stress. Crisis fatigue, the mental and physical exhaustion caused by sustained stress, has become a common response for many people, and it can take a toll on your health.

Chronic stress, which leads to excessive amounts of cortisol and other stress hormones flooding your body, can affect almost every aspect of your health from sleep, to digestion, blood pressure, diabetes and mental well-being. Stress may be unavoidable, but we encourage you to find small moments of peace each day to focus on you, which can help offset the affects of crisis fatigue, stress and anxiety. Here are some resources to help you take care of YOU.

In addition, Human Resources continues to receive positive feedback on our counseling service. Group and one-on-one sessions are available. Please contact your leader if you think you or a coworker or coworkers could benefit from this service.

We also continue to receive positive feedback from staff on two apps available on iPhone and Android for download:

  • Calm (free)
  • Simply Being – Guided Meditation for Relaxation ($1.99)

Current COVID-19 Policies, Procedures and Protocols

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Return to Work Criteria for HCP with Suspected Infectious Diagnosis Dec 2021 5 day update (pdf)

Uploaded 4:20 p.m., 12/28/21

North Oaks Guidance for Discontinuation of Isolation for COVID-19+ Inpatients (pdf)

Uploaded 8:00 p.m., 11/4/21

North Oaks Surgical Policy during the Covid-19 Pandemic (pdf)

Uploaded 11:59 a.m., 8/25/21

Infection Prevention Guidance_Current 8.24.21 (pdf)

Uploaded 5:15 p.m., 7/29/21

Aerosol Generating Procedures and PPE_Current 7.29.21 (pdf)

Uploaded 5:15 p.m., 7/29/21

IP Guidance and Recommendations for MICU2_Cohort ICU_Rev. 7 29 21 (pdf)

Uploaded 5:15 p.m., 7/29/21

IP Guidance Bedside CG Extended Exposure Plan_Current 7 29 21 (pdf)

Uploaded 5:15 p.m., 7/29/21

PPE_-5-Ws_ Current Rec. 7-29-21 (pdf)

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NORH COVID Plan_Rev. 3-15-2021 (pdf)

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Guidelines for the Management of Infant Born to Mother with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (pdf)

Uploaded 8:55 a.m., 7/20/20

NOMC Delivery Room Management of Newborn PUI (pdf)

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MassMutual HealthBridge Program (pdf)

Frontline Workers COVID-19 Hazard Pay Program (pdf)

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Masking Policy Effective 7/13/2020 (PDF)

North Oaks Updated Algorithm Due to Critical Capacity of COVID-19 Test (PDF)

Uploaded 11:20 a.m., 6/19/20

Policy: NOMC COVID Testing for Discharge Placement (pdf)

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Outpatient Scheduling Patient Management (pdf)

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Rapid Testing for COVID-19 Capacity Levels--UPDATED (pdf)