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LSUE to receive $2M from CARES

LSUE will receive $2 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Chancellor Nancee Sorenson announced the funding at a meeting called by state Rep. Phillip DeVillier at LSUE on Wednesday.
The meeting was on developing a unified repsonse to the reopening from the shutdown used to slow the spread of CLOVID-19.
Sorenson said $1 million is of the CARES funding is to be used to help students with expenses. The money can be used for expenses such as tuition, medical bills, child care, food, transportation and housing.

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St. Landry Parish COVID-19 death toll rises to 34

The death toll in St. Landry Parish from COVID-19 rose to 34 in Friday’s update from the Louisiana Department of Health.
The parish has had 157 confirmed cases.
There have been 1,601 deaths reported from the virus. The Department has added another reporting statistic and is 59 probable deaths.
There have been 26,140 cases in the state. Another new statistic is 14,927 people are presumed recovered from the virus.
As of Friday, there are 1,697 people in the hospital and 286 of those are on ventilators.
Area parish reports are:

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State Sen. Heather Cloud, R-Turkey Creek, and state Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, were among officials who spoke at a meeting Wednesday at the Acadian Center on the LSUE campus. The meeting, called by DeVillier, was to discuss reopening after the shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Area leaders discuss reopening the economy

About 50 leaders from St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline parishes met Wednesday to discuss reopening the economy after nearly five weeks of a partial shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.
State Rep. Phillip DeVillier, R-Eunice, organized the meeting at the Acadian Center on the LSUE campus to come up with a unified plan to reopen.
DeVillier’s District 41 includes Eunice, Basile, Church Point and Iota, and most of rural Acadia Parish.

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COVID numbers may be larger

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced antibodies-testing of shoppers at 3,000 supermarkets revealed 13.9 percent of New Yorkers had been infected with COVID-19 but in New York City, that number shot to 21 percent.  That would mean one in five people in the nation's largest city either has or has had the virus.

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New study: Virus testing needs to ramp up

Harvard University researchers and epidemiologists are at it again, warning this time that America is nowhere close to having a true picture of the Coronavirus outbreak. Other research and civic groups are beginning to agree.
At the present, 150,000 tests are given each day in the United States. But one Harvard research group says decision makers won’t have a clear picture of infection hot spots until 500,000 to 700,000 people are tested each day.


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