Seven people died after hundreds of nursing home residents were moved to a filthy warehouse in Independence, Louisiana for days during Hurricane Ida. More have been hospitalized due to living in conditions that workers inside characterized as intolerable, crowded, and insufficient for people required a high level of care.

However, a Louisiana nursing homeowner insists he did “really good” caring for his elderly patients.

“We only had five deaths within the six days and normally with 850 people you’ll have a couple a day so we did really good with taking care of people,” he told local station WAFB.

Nurses who worked there told that Bob Dean Jr., who owns seven nursing homes, allegedly left his charges in awful conditions, including sleeping in feces on deflated air mattresses with no air conditioning.

“You’d walk past them and they’d say, ‘Help me, help me.’ I ended up vomiting twice because the smell was so bad,” one anonymous nurse told the outlet.

When state investigators arrived to check on the patients, Dean originally refused to let them in, alleging that they were there “illegally.”

“The Fourth Amendment says that they have to have a warrant to come on private property, much less seize persons or properties so they came on there illegally,” Dean told WAFB.

State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter has ordered the nursing facilities to close immediately due to the report, which WWL-TV investigators first exposed.

“The lack of regard for these vulnerable residents’ wellbeing is an affront to human dignity. We have lost trust in these nursing homes to provide adequate care for their residents. We are taking immediate action today to protect public health,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter.

Approximately 850 residents, the majority of whom were elderly and infirmed, were crammed into crowded conditions, which resulted in the residents yelling, crying, and living in a facility with bags of human waste stacked in the corners.

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