St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
April 3, 2020
5:45 P.M.

POSITIVE CASES

The LDH report released today reflects that there are 10,297 positive COVID-19 tests in Louisiana and 370 deaths. The number of reported positive tests in surrounding areas is 779 with 13 deaths:

  • Lafayette Parish: 276 cases, 2 deaths
  • Calcasieu Parish: 119 cases, 1 death
  • Iberia Parish: 78 cases, 3 deaths
  • Acadia Parish: 72 cases, 1 death
  • St. Martin Parish: 69 cases, 3 deaths
  • St. Landry Parish: 68 cases, 2 deaths
  • St. Mary Parish: 47 cases
  • Evangeline Parish: 18 cases
  • Vermilion Parish: 18 cases, 1 death
  • Jeff Davis Parish: 14 cases

The increase from yesterday was 13.8% in the Acadiana region compared to a 12.45% increase state-wide. One cannot in earnest be pleased with these numbers; however, I believe that in the next several days, we will have a better idea on whether COVID-19 is indeed being stymied. In the meantime, adherence to the previously imposed measures is necessary.

CURFEW

It appears that adherence to the curfew imposed a couple of days age is excellent, and I appreciate the cooperation of our citizens. I remind everyone that the curfew is for the entire Parish-incorporated and non-incorporated areas. The curfew is from 10:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M. The only exceptions are:

1. Emergency personnel-fire, police, and ambulance.
2. Anyone going to and from employment.
3. Any essential business activity SPECIFICALLY defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructural Security Agency.

CONSTRUCTION PERMITS

As I advised yesterday, there was initially some confusion about the Parish’s issuance of building permits. We have clarified the issues and today made some changes which will make our processing of permits more effective and efficient. These are the revised guidelines for St. Martin Parish:

  1. All construction permits (residential and commercial) will be processed. Any questions regarding permits can be directed to (337) 394-9816 or (337) 394-9860.
  2. For plans which must be approved, they can be e-mailed in PDF format to [email protected] or they can be delivered to: BCIS, 100 Sis Lane, Carencro, LA 70520.
  3. Once the plans have been approved, the contractor will be advised and the payment for the permit fees must be made electronically by calling (337) 394-9816 or (337) 394-9860. At this time, payments are being accepted by credit or debit card only. Once payment is made, the permit and receipt will be e-mailed.

St. Martin Parish Government will continue to accept all telephone calls regarding any issue whatsoever inclusive of questions regarding permits. Calls regarding any issue other than permits should be directed to (337) 394-2200.

SHOPPING NUMBERS

Yesterday, I commented about the number of persons being allowed to shop at various stores at one time. Today, the problem with a couple of stores have not changed. After a conference with OEP this afternoon, I have decided to have OEP monitor this matter more closely over the weekend and report to me on Monday. If the management at these businesses does not affirmatively act, then I may likely impose an executive order under the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, La. R.S. 29:721, et seq, limiting the number of customers and the hours of operation. Lafourche Parish imposed such restrictions as a consequence of similar problems. I attach a replica of their action. Hopefully, the management at these outlets will act voluntarily.

I do note that any drive-through daiquiri shops are not allowed to transact business under the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Thus, any such business will be ordered to immediately terminate their activities pursuant to the Proclamation 41 JBE 2020 and 33 JBE 2020.

STAY AT HOME ORDER

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued Executive Order 41 JBE 2020 which officially extends the previous Stay at Home order until April 30, 2020. Moreover, this proclamation also clarifies parts of his original order about which I have commented on several occasions. My evaluation and outline of the Stay at Home Order in the post of March 25, 2020, remains accurate and is embraced by 41 JBE 2020.