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A crawfish producer runs the traps in a field near Eunice. Crawfish producers hurt by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be able to receive compensation from a program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

USDA assistance available for crawfish farmers hurt by pandemic

From now until Sept. 11, crawfish farmers can apply for assistance from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to compensate them for losses related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This program will help producers deal with economic problems caused by the low prices and the inability to move crawfish,” said LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry. “This will help them close the gap between what revenue they were able to generate and what they would have expected to generate this year.”

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James Newsom, director of the Acadian Baptist Center, stands in front of the new worship center completed in May. The center in Richard has been emptied of campers due to the coronavirus. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Inside the new worship center at Acadian Baptist Center.

COVID-19 batters Acadian Baptist Center

There was reason for celebration at the Acadian Baptist Center where a new worship center was completed in May, but then coronavirus pandemic hit.
James Newsom, center director, describes it as the “best of worlds and the worst of worlds.”
In April 2019, there was ground breaking event for the new worship center with hopes it would take the pressure off crowded conditions at the center that usually is filled by campers all summer.
“Attendance had been great until the pandemic,” Newsom said. “We had over 4,000 kids come to camp last summer, which was a record.”

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Pollution linked to virus transmission

For more than 20 years, LSU Chemical Engineering Professor Kalliat T. Valsaraj’s research has focused on atmospheric aerosols and environmental behavior, including investigating issues like India’s poor air quality for more than 10 years.
Valsaraj and his colleagues have turned their attention to a new problem in their recently published article in Environmental Research titled, “Potential Link Between Compromised Air Quality and Transmission of the Novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) in Affected Areas.”

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Rev. Kayla Givs

Feeding program wants to use Southeast Center

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot is to negotiate a request from the Rev. Kayla Givs to use the Southeast Community Center seven days a week for an after-school feeding program.
Givs is pastor of Restoring God’s Glory Ministries Inc. that has been using the facility since the COVID-19 outbreak for feeding programs.
At Tuesday’s city Board meeting, Givs said the six-week program fed 12,000 meals to the elderly, disabled and veterans.

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4th child death related to COVID-19

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting a fourth death related to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.
MIS-C is a serious health condition in young people less than 21 years of age where different body organs can become inflamed and fail. These include the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.
Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra tired.


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