Coronavirus response: Parish-by-Parish

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NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Department of Health has now reported 36 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, the potentially deadly disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

As of Friday afternoon, the LDH reports 26 cases are Orleans Parish residents, three are Jefferson parish residents, two are St. Tammany residents, one is from Caddo Parish, one from Lafourche Parish, one from St. Bernard Parish, one from St. Charles Parish and one from Terrebonne Parish.  

Here is a list of announcements by local officials by parish:

Jefferson Parish:

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that among other actions immediately halts any gathering of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13 and closes all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16 resuming Monday, April 13, as Louisiana seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. As of mid-day Friday, Louisiana has 36 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.

Jefferson Parish officials continue to closely monitor this outbreak and are in close communication with the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Public Health, along with other local, regional and national emergency service agencies and partners. According to Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng, “We are in the mitigation phase and now is the time for us to take proactive and bold steps to minimize the spread of the virus in our community and protect the health and safety of the people of Jefferson Parish from the risk of COVID-19.”

Lafourche Parish:

Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson hosted a Unified Task Force meeting with elected officials, mayors, school board officials, law enforcement, fire districts, Nicholls State University, and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to address parish-wide operations.

President Chaisson declared a state of emergency March 13 following the governor’s emergency declaration. This declaration allows local entities to utilize medical and financial assistance available to them through the duration of this health event. There is still only one presumptive positive case of coronavirus cases in Lafourche Parish. The goal of these closures is to flatten the curve of COVID-19 spread. The best thing to do is to limit social activities in order to do this.

Orleans Parish:

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today announced a full range of actions the City is taking as part of its rapid response to the COVID-19 virus, joining Gov. John Bel Edwards as part of the update to residents.

There are now 26 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in New Orleans and the number is expected to rise. Governor Edwards, by proclamation, today announced the closing of public schools from March 16 through April 13. (The Archdiocese of New Orleans has followed suit.) Governor Edwards also instituted a limit of all public gatherings to 250 people, which includes houses of worship.

Plaquemines Parish:

The Plaquemines Parish Government is monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Residents are asked to monitor local media for more information as it becomes available. The public is advised to take regular CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) precautions & protective measures at this time.

 As Plaquemines Parish Government continues to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely in conjunction with local and state partners, the Plaquemine Parish Council on Aging announces closure.

On March 13th, the Plaquemines Parish Council on Aging announced it will be closed from Monday, March 16th until Wednesday, April 1st. The Board of Directors, along with the COA Director, Mr. David Lewis, have agreed to suspend COA activities in an abundance of caution to protect Plaquemines Parish seniors. Lunch meals will continue to be offered by delivery to Registered Clients. Due to the fluid changes of this pandemic, plans may be adjusted as needed.

St. Bernard Parish:

As St. Bernard Parish Government continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely in conjunction with local and state partners, Parish Government has taken the strategic step to suspend Parish related events of 250 people or more as directed by Governor John Bel Edwards.

After much deliberation, Parish officials stand together with our state partners that our residents would be best served with the cancelation of prior scheduled events. The safety of our residents and their families is the highest priority of this administration. As more cases begin to test positive in and around St. Bernard Parish, it is imperative that residents take the necessary precautions to limit exposure.

St. Charles Parish:

After a St. Charles Parish resident tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, President Matthew Jewell has declared a state of emergency in St. Charles Parish which will provide access to additional funding and resources made available by the federal government in the event they are needed. Parish Government will continue to operate and maintain public services.

St John the Baptist Parish:

Following the Emergency Declaration by Governor John Bel Edwards, Parish President Hotard has issued an emergency declaration to meet the needs of the community during the public health threat.

There are no presumptive positive cases in St. John the Baptist Parish. 

St. Tammany Parish: 

Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President was joined by leaders from agencies around St. Tammany, to discuss the Parish’s emergency response. Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in St. Tammany Parish, initiated a reduced workforce, asked residents to adhere to the Governor’s declaration and to avoid large crowds. He has asked recreational districts to postpone scheduled activities for the next four weeks and assured residents that Tammany Utilities, the Parish-owned utility company, will restore water service to any resident who has been shut off, and they will refrain from shutting water off for the coming weeks until this emergency is over.

“This is an unprecedented situation. Our primary concern is health, safety, and welfare of our citizens business owners and visitors,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to be a part of the community response required to slow the spread of this virus.

St. Tammany Parish Public School Superintendent Trey Folse addressed the Governor’s proclamation regarding school closures for the next four weeks, stressing the importance of taking the proper time to evaluate the situation, review the Governor’s proclamation, and work with BESE to make the best decisions for our St. Tammany community.

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