COVID-19

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Parish jobless rate was 13.2% in April

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 14.5% for April, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 8.2 percentage points from March 2020’s revised not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3%.
The news release Friday stated the information broadly reflects the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
St. Landry Parish’s April unemployment rate was 13.2%, up from 5% in April 2019 and up from 8.2% in March.

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Christine Flowers

When memories are what matters most

A million years ago, we were worried about who was going to win the Iowa Caucuses, and then Super Tuesday, and then when Bernie Sanders was finally going to pack it in.
Now, despite what the most die-hard political operatives might believe, we really don’t give a flying fig. What we care about now is that our families, friends and other loved ones come through this dark time safely, whole and with as little damage to their bodies and their psyches as possible.

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Jase Graves

Learning to live with corona hair

It’s high time Americans accept a first-world side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t mean those blasted directional floor stickers I can’t navigate in the aisles at Walmart. No, I’m referring to male-pattern corona hair.
At the risk of sounding like a narrow-minded, shortsighted, male chauvinist invasive feral swine, the closure of hair salons during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of anxiety mainly for the fairer sex. (Dang! There I go again!) But for men with profuse scalp shrubbery like mine, the angst has been every bit as severe.

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Virus death toll in parish rises to 52

The death toll from COVID-19 in St. Landry Parish rose to 52 with Wednesday’s report from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Of those 52 deaths, at least 34 occurred at the J. Michael Morrow Memorial Nursing Home in Arnaudville. The nursing home accounted for 68 of the 237 cases to date in he parish.
Neighboring parishes and cases as of Wednesday are:
Evangeline,67 cases and one death;
Acadia, 262 cases and 12 deaths;
Lafayette, 607 cases and 23 deaths;
St. Martin, 275 cases and 22 deaths;
Pointe Coupee, 179 cases and 21 deaths; and

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3 crawfish farms hit by coronavirus

Around 100 people at three crawfish farms in the Acadiana region have tested positive for the new coronavirus, state health officials said Monday, the first workplace clusters announced by the state since the outbreak began.
The Louisiana Department of Health declined to name the three crawfish farms, citing “active, evolving, protected investigations.”

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