To us, the people we care for are not just patients. They are our friends, neighbors and family. It is a privilege and a responsibility to deliver care in our own communities, and we don’t take that for granted. No matter our individual backgrounds, it is our responsibility as human beings and as Louisiana’s largest employer and healthcare provider to lead and maintain an open, ongoing dialogue across the communities we serve. Ochsner Health’s actions, values and purpose remain clear at every phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here for our patients. We provide all patients and their families with compassionate care. Our values place people first, and we provide the same level of care to our patients, regardless of race, age or gender.
At Ochsner Health, we understand established social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. The term racial and ethnic minority groups includes people of color with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. There is increasing evidence that some racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Inequities in the social determinants of health, such as poverty and healthcare access, affecting these groups influence a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
Disability alone may not be related to higher risk for getting COVID-19 or having severe illness. However, some people with disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of their underlying medical conditions. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer than adults without disabilities.
Ochsner On Call can answer questions at 800-231-5257 or 504-842-3155.If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.Report side effects to FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Reporting instructions are included in Fact Sheet you received when you got your vaccine.
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