COVID-19

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BESE requests vaccine prioritization for school staff

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday voted to ask Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration to prioritize school staff when deciding which groups of workers will get COVID-19 vaccinations next.
Vaccinations began Monday in Louisiana. Based on federal guidelines, tier 1 hospital workers are first in line for the limited supply now available. Long-term care residents and staff and emergency medical drivers are next.

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St. Landry Parish schools to begin rapid COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 test kits provided by the federal government will be available to students and staff in St. Landry Parish schools beginning Monday following a rotating schedule for school communities.
St Landry Parish School District has partnered with Acadiana Practitioners as its community health provider to provide the service to the district’s students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Testing requires a signed consent form from a parent or guardian.
The school district has 2,600 kits available.

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St. Landry Parish’s COVID-19 positivity rate down

St. Landry Parish’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 10.9% in the week ending Nov. 25, which was down from 11.9% for the week ending Nov. 18 and 11.1% for the week ending Nov. 11.
The state Department of Health’s coronavirus noon Wednesday report stated there were 3,604 new cases and 46 new deaths. But the case count included 1,551 backlogged cases going back to April.
In Louisiana as of Wednesday, there were 241,335 cases, 6,501 deaths, 1,288 in hospitals and 134 on ventilators.

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COVID-19 restrictions reimposed

Gov. John Bel Edwards imposed tighter restrictions on Wednesday as the state experienced a third surge of the coronavirus.
The governor’s move calls for reducing occupancy at some businesses, decreasing gathering sizes, limiting indoor consumption at many bars and urges everyone in Louisiana to avoid gatherings with people outside of their everyday households.

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Parish meeting addresses soaring virus positivity rate

St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard met with several parish mayors Wednesday about the increase in positivity rates in the parish and what the impact of the modified Phase 2.
The parish has experienced a second straight week of higher COVID-19 positivity percentages. For the week of Nov. 5 to 11, the parish had an 11.90% rate. That number was up from the 11.10% recorded the week before.
Bellard and the mayors agreed to push the message to their citizens to wear a mask, wash hands, and continue to social distance, a parish government news release stated.

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