COVID-19

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98 St. Landry entities received at least $150K in federal program

More than 4,500 jobs are linked to entities in St. Landry Parish approved for loans of at least $150,000 through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
Information identifying some of the recipients of assistance through the program was released by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Organizations receiving at least $150,000 were identified and many included how many jobs were supported in the program. In some cases, jobs were not listed.

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Long lines of vehicles waited for COVID-19 test by the National Guard at Eunice High School on Thursday. (Photos by Myra Miller)

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Gerry Kobe, of Mamou, left, gets a virus test on Thursday. At right is Kevin Porter.

Coronavirus flares up in area

The coronavirus is making itself known in Acadiana as parishes are experiencing spikes in cases.
The seven-parish Acadiana region recently had a 25% increase in cases to a seven-day total of 1,591 and a seven-day positive test rate of 10%.
There was no count, but a long line of vehicles waited for virus tests at Eunice High School on Thursday morning.
Acadian Medical Center on Thursday announced a return to visitor restrictions due to the coronavirus. Visitors will be screened and requested to wear a mask if allowed to enter to the hospital.

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UL Lafayette fall semester calendar changes show COVID-19 impact

LAFAEYTTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will begin its Fall 2020 semester on Aug. 17.
The earlier start date is one of several changes the University has made to its academic calendar as it prepares for the safe resumption of on-campus instruction and housing and residential life in the fall.
The last day of classes is Nov. 20.
Final exams will conclude on Nov. 25.
Fall break, originally scheduled for Oct. 1-2, has been canceled.
Fall 2020 Commencement will be Dec. 8.

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Peter Roff

Put off tax payments until 2021

All presidents must deal with things they did not expect FDR had the Great Depression and World War II. Kennedy had the Cuban Missile Crisis. George H. W. Bush had Saddam Hussein. And Donald Trump has had COVID-19.
Despite what critics say, Trump has responded well to the coronavirus pandemic. He mobilized the federal government and private industry in ways not seen in decades. It’s likely the interventions he sparked led to faster testing on a broader scale, helped keep the spread of COVID-19 under control, and resulted in fewer deaths than might otherwise have been the case.

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Crowley City Hall closed to public due to COVID-19 concerns

In response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the area — and, specifically, in Acadia Parish — Mayor Tim Monceaux announced Tuesday that he was closing city hall to the public.
Similarly, City Judge M’elise Trahan announced that Crowley City Court offices will once again close to the public.
“With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, and to minimize coronavirus exposure to our citizens and employees, Crowley City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice,” Monceaux said is a statement released just before noon.

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