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Acadia Parish school system looking for new meal program

The Acadia Parish School System is applying for an alternative emergency meals program after halting the “grab-and-go” program earlier this week.
Superintendent Scott Richard announced that the meal program for parish students was stopped in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus and for the safety of employees and those receiving the meals.
The new program is tentative and in the preliminary sign-up phase, Richard said in a notification posted on the School Board’s website.

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COVID-19 count grows: 10 positive tests in St. Landry Parish; Acadia Parish man dies

The case count from the virus known as COVID-19 is continuing to rise as residents were ordered by Gov. John Bel Edwards to stay at home to prevent the virus from spreading.
The first Tri-Parish death was reported on Friday. An 89-year-old Acadia Parish man reportedly died from from COVID-19. The man had underlying medical conditions, according to a news release from the Acadia Parish Office Of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
There were eight positive tests in Acadia Parish as of Friday, up from none the previous Friday.

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Before the coronavirus COVID-19 emptied the LSUE campus, another disaster visited the university’s computers system. In October 2019, LSUE was hit by a cyber-ransomware attack that crippled the campus computers. The attack is estimated to have cost $2 million. The scene above is on the campus on Friday where campus classes and events have been shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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A parking lot at LSUE on Friday.

Cyber attack at LSUE cost $2M

A cyber-ransomware attack cost LSUE close to $2 million, according to a report to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Chancellor Nancee Sorenson said the loss is an accounting of the costs LSUE incurred from the Oct. 23, 2019, attack.
The university did not pay a ransom, she said.
LSUE is asking for $350,000 in its budget to pay for recovery expenses that may not be covered by insurance, she said.
The attack stopped all electronic and digital business operations for three weeks, with only basic operating capability restored by mid-November, the report stated.

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Van Reed, of Eunice, is St. Landry Parish’s director of Emergency Preparedness and public information officer. (File photo)

Reed placed in forefront of parish virus response

Van Reed’s first day on the job as the director of Emergency Preparedness and public information officer for the St. Landry Parish Government was March 9.
The very next week, Reed was thrust into the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis as it crept closer to the parish.
“We declared the emergency on March 16,” Reed said. “But we had been working on a plan since the governor’s office had made their announcement on the Friday before.

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