COVID-19

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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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House GOP seeks to end COVID-19 emergency declaration

Louisiana House Republicans have revitalized a petition to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 emergency declaration, seeking to end restrictions on businesses and churches meant to control the spread of the disease.
Rep. Alan Seabaugh, a Shreveport Republican, circulated a similar petition in late April. That petition failed to garner majority support, possibly due to concerns about losing federal funds.

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St. Landry COVID-19 count steady

As of Thursday, the case count for COVID-19 in St. Landry Parish remained at 540 cumulative cases and 57 deaths, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
The Department reported there have been 10,644 commercial tests and 540 state tests for the virus.
The one-week incident rate for the parish is 71.29 per 100,000.
There were 87 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the seven-parish Acadiana area, which is Region 4 of the Department of Health.
The number of people hospitalized is more than double from two weeks ago.

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By David Jacobs The Center Square More than 450,000 Louisiana small businesses may be eligible for grants under a federally funded COVID-19 relief program, State Treasurer John Schroder said Monday. The Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program fund contains

More than 450,000 Louisiana small businesses may be eligible for grants under a federally funded COVID-19 relief program, State Treasurer John Schroder said Monday.
The Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program fund contains $300 million. So if Schroder’s estimate is close to accurate, the grants for each business could be less than $700, though there is no way to know yet how many will apply or how much they will request. The maximum possible grant amount is $15,000.
“It’s not going to go far,” Schroder said.

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