LAFAYETTE, LA -- As nursing homes restrictions remain low, more variants are growing throughout the area which are causing some concern for the ederly.
“I'm worried about other illnesses. Ya know flu season is coming back and they are seeing a lot of that. All those other illnesses are coming back right now and I'm just getting over a little infection and bronchitis so just little things like that scare me.” Brittany Estilette Said.
With low vaccination rates , healthcare workers are urging those to stay safe when visiting nursing homes.
“Our elderly population has paid a huge price this past year. They have lost family, they have lost loved ones, and they have lost social interaction for a year. That has been really difficult for a lot of them.” Briti Herbert Said.
Healthcare professional Brittany Herbet says she is encouraging her elderly patients to wear a mask as the new variant surface throughout the area.
“They can still get kind of sick and they're more likely to have this variant even though they're vaccinated.” Briti Herbert Said.
Nursing homes in Acadiana are setting their restrictions on a case-by-case basis as varieties grow throughout the area.
Data pulled from AARP reports that Louisiana is the worst in the country when it comes to nursing home staff vaccination rates. Click Here to view more on the data.