COVID-19

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1918 brought good news amid epidemic

At Thanksgiving 1918 the Spanish flu epidemic raging across the world still had south Louisiana in its grip. The Crowley Signal, for example, reported that it was “very prevalent throughout this section,” and newspapers across the area carried reports of prominent citizens suffering from the illness.
But good news outweighed the bad: World War I, then called “the greatest war ever,” had finally ended. Tyranny was defeated, our soldiers were coming home.

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Virus fires up again

St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux is closing his second-floor office in the Eunice Municipal Complex citing a COVID-19 outbreak.
“I have decided to close the Eunice branch office until it is safe to reopen it because of the COVID pandemic. Also, the citizens of Eunice should be warned that unsafe practices lead to continuing the spread of the virus. They should wear masks and practice social distancing,” he said on Friday.

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Gov. Edwards moves to keep Louisiana in Phase 3, while legislators mull overturning his order

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said Louisiana would remain in Phase 3 of the White House-approved restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19 until Nov. 6.
The announcement comes as some legislators continue to call for an end to all pandemic mitigation measures and question the governor’s right to impose them, arguing the rules handcuff the economy and violate basic individual rights.

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Speakers from LSUE at Wednesday’s Eunice Rotary Club meeting were, from left, Nancee Sorenson, chancellor; Jeff Willis, athletic director and baseball coach; Dr. John Hamlin, vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Travis Webb, public affairs director. (Photo by Myra Miller)

LSUE enrollment up 5%

LSUE’s fall enrollment is up 5% over last year even as the campus adjusts to life during a pandemic.
LSU Eunice Chancellor Nancee Sorenson spoke to the Eunice Rotary Club on Wednesday along with Dr. John Hamlin, vice chancellor of academic affairs, Travis Webb, public affairs director, and Jeff Willis, athletic director and baseball coach.

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St. Landry, Acadia bars OK’d to open

St. Landry and Acadia parish bars were cleared to reopen after the Louisiana Department of Health reported COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 5% for the last two weeks.
Gov. John Bell Edwards rules for Phase 3 reopening require parishes to report two consecutive weeks of positivity rates of less than 5% for bars to reopen. If rates rise above 10%, bars will be closed again.
St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard opted to allow the parish bars as did Acadia Parish Police Jury President Chance Henry.

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