coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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COVID-19 restrictions reimposed

Gov. John Bel Edwards imposed tighter restrictions on Wednesday as the state experienced a third surge of the coronavirus.
The governor’s move calls for reducing occupancy at some businesses, decreasing gathering sizes, limiting indoor consumption at many bars and urges everyone in Louisiana to avoid gatherings with people outside of their everyday households.

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Parish meeting addresses soaring virus positivity rate

St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard met with several parish mayors Wednesday about the increase in positivity rates in the parish and what the impact of the modified Phase 2.
The parish has experienced a second straight week of higher COVID-19 positivity percentages. For the week of Nov. 5 to 11, the parish had an 11.90% rate. That number was up from the 11.10% recorded the week before.
Bellard and the mayors agreed to push the message to their citizens to wear a mask, wash hands, and continue to social distance, a parish government news release stated.

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1918 brought good news amid epidemic

At Thanksgiving 1918 the Spanish flu epidemic raging across the world still had south Louisiana in its grip. The Crowley Signal, for example, reported that it was “very prevalent throughout this section,” and newspapers across the area carried reports of prominent citizens suffering from the illness.
But good news outweighed the bad: World War I, then called “the greatest war ever,” had finally ended. Tyranny was defeated, our soldiers were coming home.

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Virus fires up again

St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux is closing his second-floor office in the Eunice Municipal Complex citing a COVID-19 outbreak.
“I have decided to close the Eunice branch office until it is safe to reopen it because of the COVID pandemic. Also, the citizens of Eunice should be warned that unsafe practices lead to continuing the spread of the virus. They should wear masks and practice social distancing,” he said on Friday.

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Gov. Edwards extends Phase 3 mitigation measures, including the statewide mask mandate

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 and keep its current COVID-19 mitigation measures in place for another 28 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday. The Governor’s Phase 3 order was set to expire Friday, and he has extended it until Dec. 4.


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