St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
March 22, 2020
10:30 A.M.

UPDATES

As of this date and time, there are 837 positive tests in Louisiana and 20 deaths. The number of reported positive tests in surrounding areas stands at 19:

Lafayette Parish: 7 cases
Calcasieu Parish: 4 cases
St. Landry Parish: 3 cases
Iberia Parish: 2 cases
Evangeline Parish: 2 cases
St. Mary Parish: 1 case

I remind you of the information I shared Friday to the effect that, “…the La. Department of Health has assured me and our OEP that upon receipt of a positive test from St. Martin Parish, I will be informed first and then fully debriefed. My protocol will be to notify immediately the St. Martin Parish Council, after which I will inform all of our Mayors and other Parish Presidents in our region. I will then submit a press statement to the media and post the information on our social media. I WILL NOT CONVENE A PRESS CONFERENCE.”

COMPLIANCE WITH STATE AND LOCAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Please remain cognizant of the fact that a positive test result does not in and of itself require any special measures. As alluded to previously, positive tests in St. Martin, and other parishes, have been expected given the nature of the virus, and the previously imposed restrictions were in anticipation of positive tests. We will continue to evaluate this ever-developing situation, and should there be other reasons for additional measures, of course, the public will be advised accordingly. I strongly anticipate that another thorough evaluation from the state level will be forthcoming tomorrow. Our OEP and I will again review the parameters of our Parish Proclamation tomorrow morning.

Everyone is urged to continue to adhere to the measures set forth in the well-publicized executive orders and proclamations. Moreover, no one should abandon the practice of social distancing, and all of us should to adopt these precautions: frequently washing of hands for at least 20 seconds, covering a cough or sneeze with the arm, avoiding touching your face, routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and staying at home if you feel sick.

I cannot express my admiration of the compliance of our Parish relative to the measures/restrictions which have been imposed. Law Enforcement personnel have informed me that there have been minimal violations. It is clear that our residents understand the severity of this situation and each person is doing his/her part to address this matter as a team.

TESTING/SYMPTOMS

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should immediately call 211 or your family physician for guidance. This warning particularly applies if you are considered a “high risk.” You will be screened and possibly referred to a testing site such as the Cajundome. The common symptoms are:
• Shortness of breath
• Coughing
• A fever in excess of 100.4

High risk individuals include:
• Those who are age 60 or above
• Healthcare workers in direct contact with confirmed or suspected COVID cases
• Pregnant women
• Persons with immunocompromised conditions
• People living in communal settings (nursing facilities, shelters, etc.)
• Infants less than 10 weeks of age

Everyone is urged to continue to adhere to the measures set forth in the well-publicized executive orders and proclamations. Moreover, no one should abandon the practice of social distancing, and all of us should to adopt these precautions: frequently washing of hands for at least 20 seconds, covering a cough or sneeze with the arm, avoiding touching your face, routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and staying at home if you feel sick.

I encourage you to review St. Martin Parish Government’s previous posts, especially, although not exclusively, the one from 12:30 P.M., March 19, 2020.