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St. Landry Parish Council President Dexter Brown. (File photo)

Parish Council mulls virtual meetings

At the end of nearly two hours of Zoom meeting, St. Landry Parish Council members discussed their virtual meetings and COVID-19.
The discussion about whether to meet virtually or not hasn’t been the rule.
The Parish Council has been on and off about virtual meetings. For the Council, virtual has meant audio only and without public input.
The St. Landry Parish School Board has returned to in-person meetings, but with social distancing. When the School Board met virtually it was using Zoom with audio, video and public input.

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Retired medical providers encouraged to volunteer as COVID-19 vaccinators

To boost the speed of administering COVID-19 vaccines to the community, the Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging retired medical providers to help put shots in arms.
“We do not expect the vaccine to become widely available for the general public until spring or summer, but we are doing all we can now to make sure we are ready when that time comes,” said Dr. Sundée Winder, interim executive director of the Bureau of Community Preparedness. “We appreciate qualified retired medical providers who are willing to join the effort to begin putting this pandemic behind us.”

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Trial delays include Church Point shooting death

Trial dates for two upcoming murder trials with local ties could be affected following the Louisiana Supreme Court’s moratorium on criminal and civil trials in all parishes.
The Jan. 11 announcement has pushed back all trials until March 1 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.
The trial of Michael Anthony Guillory, charged with second-degree murder in the 2016 shooting death of a Church Point woman, will likely be delayed a fourth time.

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State Health Department confirms first case of U.K. COVID variant in Louisiana

Today, the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the state’s first identified case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7., frequently referred to as the U.K. variant because it is prevalent in the United Kingdom, in an individual in the Greater New Orleans area.
This variant spreads more easily from one person to another than other viral strains currently circulating in the United States, though It has not been shown to cause more severe disease. Health experts believe current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variant strain.

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COVID-19 risk remains high in St. Landry Parish

St. Landry Parish, as is most of Louisiana, remains at the highest level of risk from COVID-19, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
On Friday, 3,712 new cases and the state case count totaled 364,853. Deaths from the virus totaled 8,080 in the state.
St. Landry Parish positivity rate was up to 12.5% as of Jan. 6, up from 11.3% for the period ending Dec. 30.
As of Friday, St. Landry Parish had 7,355 total cases with 211 deaths. There have been 93,803 tests for the virus run in the parish.


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