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Acadian Medical Center employees watch a flyover salute on Friday. Seven planes participated in the salute to health care workers in Eunice and Opelousas. Turn to Page 10 for more photos from Friday’s flyover. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Acadian Medical Center employees watch the flyover Friday. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Many of the Acadian Medical Center employees kept their masks in place while viewing the flyover.

Pilots pay tribute to health care workers

A noontime Friday flyover of the Eunice and Opelousas hospitals saluted health care workers.
Ryan Elliot, lead pilot of a T-6 Texan, said the flyover was to show support for first responders who have been dealing with coronavirus outbreak.
“We are just trying to show some support,” he said of “St. Landry Salutes.”
Kevin Frank, Acadian Medical Center CEO, said, “It is very nice for them to do it,” after the planes made two passes over the hospital at about 12:30 p.m.

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Fly overs to salute health care workers, virus victims

Fly overs are planned at at Acadian Medical Center and Opelousas General Hospital on Friday to salute health care workers and honor the victims of COVID-19.
David Allen, St. Landry Parish airport manger, said, “This is an opportunity for local pilots and aviation workers to honor our family and friends who have lost a loved one to coronavirus, We also want to honor our doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, hospital workers, janitors, health care workers and all essential workers that have kept supply chains and other essential services running.”

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St. Landry Parish extends curfew, adjusts hours

St. Landry Parish has extended a parish-wide adult and juvenile curfew until May 15 to coincide with the state’s stay-at-home order as part of the response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Parish Government did adjust the times of the curfew. The curfew is now 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
The curfew had been 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Gov. John Bel Edwards extended his stay-at-home order until May 15, as Louisiana works to slow the spread of COVID-19, which extends the length of time that schools and some businesses are closed and continues limits on the size of gatherings.

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Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma

Top Republican critical of Edwards extending stay-at-home order

The second-ranking Republican in the Louisiana House criticized Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday for extending his statewide stay-at-home order through May 15 instead of opening up parts of the state sooner.
Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, said Edwards’ decision not to let many businesses reopen more quickly will have consequences on the Republican-led Legislature’s willingness to work with him in a bipartisan way when lawmakers reconvene after a nearly two-month recess.


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