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Thursday afternoon traffic on West Laurel at about 5 p.m. Eunice Police suspect COVID-19 reduced traffic problems and complaints in 2020. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

COVID crushed police stats

There probably isn’t too may bright spots to be noted for the COVID-19 year, but Eunice Police statistics show the virus put a damper on arrests and traffic cases.
Police Chief Randy Fontenot mused at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting, “Maybe we need to put the entire city under house arrest again to keep these numbers down.”
Fontenot went over the statistics for everything from crash reports to DWI arrests to felony arrests that are mostly the lowest in nine years.
The crime counts have been on the decrease recent years, he said.

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St. Landry, Acadia bars OK’d to open

St. Landry and Acadia parish bars were cleared to reopen after the Louisiana Department of Health reported COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 5% for the last two weeks.
Gov. John Bell Edwards rules for Phase 3 reopening require parishes to report two consecutive weeks of positivity rates of less than 5% for bars to reopen. If rates rise above 10%, bars will be closed again.
St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard opted to allow the parish bars as did Acadia Parish Police Jury President Chance Henry.

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$300 jobless pay ends

The federal program meant to help workers who lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response has ended.
The White House authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to spend up to $44 billion to add $300 per week to the unemployment benefits of qualified workers. The money ran out before claimants in some states got their first check.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has paid out $376 million in Lost Wages Assistance, the LWC says.

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LOGA: State’s oil producers shuttering at alarming rate

The economic consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the oil glut generated by the Saudis and Russians, and the lack of storage are being felt at a much quicker pace than previously projected, gravely threatening Louisiana’s energy sector, a Louisiana Oil & Gas Association news release stated.
The second in a series of “point-in-time” surveys shows that nearly a quarter of the state’s oil related workforce has potentially already been laid off, and four in every five exploration and production (E&P) companies has already begun shutting in wells, it stated.


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