coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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School reopening plan on the horizon

The St. Landry Parish school system’s plan for reopening its schools is expected to be released soon.
The overview of the program may have been released Friday, but is expected to be on the Board’s website at
Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice Board member, said the opening day is expected to be Aug. 17. Students had been scheduled to return to classes on Aug. 12.
The plan is likely to be for a normal return with plans that include a mix of normal and online instruction and a complete online instruction plan.

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LSU study seeks ideas on how to cope with crisis

LSU Department of Sociology Associate Professor Frederick Weil and more than 50 LSU students begin in-depth interviews with families and community leaders this month to source novel solutions for how to meet basic needs during an unprecedented crisis, such as the current pandemic. Their goal is to build a toolbox of ideas to help communities everywhere.

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Virus didn’t affect early voting

There were 830 early votes cast in St. Landry Parish when it ended on Saturday.
That compares to 1,101 votes cast in the 2016 presidential primary.
Cheryl Milburn, parish registrar of voters, thought the turnout was good and didn’t believe the virus situation kept voters away.
Early voting was held June 30 to July 4.
The difference in this year’s presidential and the one in 2016 is the candidates had already won their party nominations this year by the time Louisiana voted.

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Long lines of vehicles waited for COVID-19 test by the National Guard at Eunice High School on Thursday. (Photos by Myra Miller)

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Gerry Kobe, of Mamou, left, gets a virus test on Thursday. At right is Kevin Porter.

Coronavirus flares up in area

The coronavirus is making itself known in Acadiana as parishes are experiencing spikes in cases.
The seven-parish Acadiana region recently had a 25% increase in cases to a seven-day total of 1,591 and a seven-day positive test rate of 10%.
There was no count, but a long line of vehicles waited for virus tests at Eunice High School on Thursday morning.
Acadian Medical Center on Thursday announced a return to visitor restrictions due to the coronavirus. Visitors will be screened and requested to wear a mask if allowed to enter to the hospital.

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UL Lafayette fall semester calendar changes show COVID-19 impact

LAFAEYTTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will begin its Fall 2020 semester on Aug. 17.
The earlier start date is one of several changes the University has made to its academic calendar as it prepares for the safe resumption of on-campus instruction and housing and residential life in the fall.
The last day of classes is Nov. 20.
Final exams will conclude on Nov. 25.
Fall break, originally scheduled for Oct. 1-2, has been canceled.
Fall 2020 Commencement will be Dec. 8.


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