COVID-19

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St. Landry Parish students to return to schools

The St. Landry Parish School Board voted to send students in pre-kindergarten to fourth-grade back to school full-time and fifth through 12th grades in a hybrid schedule.
Students are also allowed the option of continuing to learn virtually.
Grades five to 12 will be hybrid, which will mean two groups alternating weekly with three days in school and two virtually.
The decision was made during a special meeting Friday over Zoom with at least 500 connections monitoring the session.

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LSU researchers to test campus wastewater for COVID-19 cases

For the last several months, researchers from the LSU College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine have tested wastewater in various areas around East Baton Rouge Parish to track cases of coronavirus. What they have found, thus far, is that cases increased soon after Louisiana moved into Phase 2 and dropped after the city-parish instituted a mask-wearing mandate.
Now they will implement that research on the LSU campus to help determine numbers and location of cases.

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Free COVID-19 testing offered at LSUE

LSU Eunice, in partnership with the Louisiana National Guard, will host free COVID-19 testing on select days through Sept. 23.
Those interested are asked to pre-register at DoINeedACovid19Test.com, however, on-site registration is available. The tests that is administered is the self-swabbing tests. No ID card or insurance is required to participate.
Testing will take place Monday through Wednesday for the next three weeks beginning today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

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Gov. Edwards signs order extending Phase Two and other restrictions in Louisiana until Sept. 11

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an order today that extends Phase Two and the statewide mask mandate, closure of bars to on-site consumption and gathering size limits in Louisiana for another two weeks, until September 11, 2020. Despite progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the state, The White House Coronavirus Task Force still has Louisiana in the red zone for new cases, just as schools and colleges return to campus and Hurricane Laura is set to impact the state. Further, almost half of the state’s parishes have positivity rates in excess of 10 percent.

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Main Street grants can be paid to additional small businesses

State Treasurer John Schroder announced Thursday all qualifying small businesses now can receive a grant from the Main Street Recovery Program, even if they got prior federal assistance such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan.
Act 311 of the Louisiana 2020 Regular Session set aside $275 million from the CARES Act for the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program but prioritized businesses who didn’t receive prior funding for the first 21 days. The restriction has ended.

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