COVID-19

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2020 review from July through January

The Eunice News is presenting a month-by-month review of 2020’s news. The review is an attempt to note major and some minor issues through the year dominated by COVID-19. The report is a continuation from Thursday’s edition.
June
The Sunday June 7, edition reported on the city preparing for Tropical Storm Cristobal, which was the earliest-ever third named tropical storm to form in recorded history of Atlantic storms.

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Edwards extends COVID mandates

Gov. John Bel Edwards extended his modified Phase Two order, including Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate, to Jan. 13 as hospitalizations have exceeded the level reached during the second surge in July.
Edwards also declared an emergency for the elections in February, March and April of next year, per a request from the Secretary of State.

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Louisiana Supreme Court sends dispute of Gov. Edwards emergency powers back to district court

The Louisiana Supreme Court has sent a dispute between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican members of the state House of Representatives over the governor’s COVID-19 emergency powers back to the district court, saying the lower court should decide whether a statute that allows one chamber to lift a governor’s order was followed before asking justices to decide whether the law is constitutional.

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About 75 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were received at Acadian Medical Center. Laura Fontenot, ICU RN, received the first shot from Christine Hall, RN, infection prevention/employee health/education, on Wednesday. (Submitted Photo)

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At Opelousas General Health System, Dr. Amer Raza, pulmonologist and critical care physician, was the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. Two-hundred physicians and staff members followed his lead. Opelousas General Health System expected an additional 175 doses of the vaccine on Saturday, and expects to get 350 on Monday. Elizabeth Henry, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN-BC, infection preventionist, is delivering the shot. (Submitted photo)

First COVID-19 vaccinations

The first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered at Acadian Medical Center and at Opelousas General Health System on Dec. 16.

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