St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
March 26, 2020
5:00 P.M.



Next Wednesday, April 1, 2020, testing for COVID-19 will be available in Iberia Parish at North Lewis Elementary. Also, testing will continue in Lafayette Parish at the Cajundome. Please note that these testing sites are available to everyone despite the Parish of your residence. However, do not simply present yourself at a site to be tested. If you believe that you should be tested, you should first call your family physician or one of the following numbers for screening purposes:

  • 211
  • 337-291-8200
  • 337-534-TEST
  • 337-374-7420
  • 337-374-7421

As I previously posted, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should immediately call one of the numbers listed above. This warning particularly applies if you are considered “high risk.” You will be screened and possibly referred to a screening site. 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

Medical personnel have requested that anyone going to one of the drive-in sites (Cajundome or North Lewis Elementary) should not be accompanied by more than one person. We continue to receive questions about the testing or screening sites for COVID-19.


As of this date and time, there are 2,305 positive tests in Louisiana and 83 deaths. The number of reported positive tests in surrounding areas stands at 67:

Lafayette Parish: 30 cases
Calcasieu Parish: 15 cases and one death
St. Landry Parish: 5 cases
St. Mary Parish: 5 cases
Acadia Parish: 3 cases
Iberia Parish: 3 cases
Evangeline Parish: 2 cases
St. Martin Parish: 2 cases
Jeff Davis Parish: 1 case
Vermilion Parish: 1 case

I will continue to follow the protocol previously posted relative to publicly reporting the positive tests for St. Martin Parish as they are received from the La. Department of Health and/or our OEP. Generally, the 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. However, I will no longer submit a press statement to the media, and I see no need for any press conference. At noon each day, the Department of Health releases updated test results.


I feel constrained to repeat a portion of my prior post from this morning:

“The Stay-At-Home Order issued by Governor John Bel Edwards, Executive Order 33 JBE 2020, has the full force and effect of law. We implore everyone to continue to adhere to those measures. We have the tools in place and now we should use them. The wisdom behind this comment of our OEP Director is so relevant: The virus doesn’t move, PEOPLE DO.”

If anyone has questions about the application of the Stay-At-Home Order and, the Parish’s OEP should be contacted at 337-394-2808 for clarification.


Please use some of your “stay-at-home” time to complete your census data. In this regard, I remind you of this earlier post:

By now, everyone should have received an invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. The State of Louisiana is being asked to refrain from doing a lot of things right now, and that can be difficult. Changing our habits and routines is not an easy ask, but there is one thing we are asking you to go ahead and do right now – the 2020 Census! It will only take about 10 minutes for you to complete.

At this time, less than 25% of St. Martin Parish households have responded to the 2020 Census. We can do better! It is more important than ever to get the correct amount of federal funding to our communities and that means we need to count every single person.

Visit and fill out one single form for your whole household – even if you aren’t related, but still living together.