COVID-19

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Parish sales tax collections up in June

Sales tax collections in St. Landry Parish were up in June in several comparisons despite the impact of the coronavirus.
Total sales tax collections in the parish were up 5.3% over the same period in 2019. Collections totaled $37,292,727 from January to June, up $1,888,610 over the same period in 2019.
The June figures primarily reflect sales in May.
The parish sales and use tax total includes collections for the parish government, School Board, solid waste, law enforcement, special tax districts and municipalities.
The total doesn’t include state sales taxes.

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Sheriff explains mask mandate

St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies will only become involved in enforcing the state’s masking requirement if management requests them, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said in a statement.
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a proclamation effective Monday that included a requirement for the wearing of facial covers (masks covering the mouth and nose) at any commercial establishment and government buildings open to the public whether indoor or outdoor where strict social distancing cannot be maintained.

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Marry Ellen Donatto in a file photo from 2018.

St. Landry schools to open with online instruction

The St. Landry Parish School Board decided public schools will open Aug. 20 with online instruction in an attempt to shield students and employees from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Board voted 12-0 in a meeting conducted using Zoom with at least 100 online participants on Wednesday.
By contrast, Lafayette and Acadia parish public school will hold in-person classes when classes open. Schools stopped face-to-face sessions in March when the COVID-19 epidemic erupted in the state.

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Free COVID-19 testing extended at Cajun Filed

Free mobile COVID-19 testing at Cajun Field will be extended through today.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Louisiana Department of Health have been operating the site since July 10.
COVID-19 testing is typically held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on most days.
No ID is needed for testing, but registration is required.
Pre-registration can be completed at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. Under test locations, click “Louisiana” then Cajun Field (Mobile #3).

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COVID and the south Louisiana culture

As we struggle through the changes brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, I am reminded of the 1980s, when a disastrous downturn in the oil industry turned south Louisiana topsy-turvy.
We’d boasted back then that our oil and gas made Louisiana recession-proof, that we had something everyone else needed, and nothing could change that. When others complained about oil prices, we put stickers on our bumpers: “Let the [blankety-blanks] freeze in the dark.”

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