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Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in St. Landry Parish, more cases expected

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in St. Landry Parish, more cases expected
Posted at 6:13 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 21:31:19-04

"St. Landry Parish has been preparing. This is not unexpected. We expect more cases not only in this parish but throughout Acadiana", says Dr. Tina Stefanski with the Louisiana Department of the Health and the state's COVID-19 Task Force.

Dr. Stefanski could only say that the first person confirmed to have the coronavirus in the parish does live in the parish and is being quarantined.

Dr. Stefanski says, "I can assure you that this individual have been extremely responsible and following isolation precautions and I have no concerns. I can assure you that this individual has been extremely responsible and following isolation precautions. I have no concerns."

Despite the climb in the number of cases across the state, she encourages everyone to help stop the spread by doing our part.

"Follow the guidance of health officials, parish officials, and state officials and stay home when you can. If you must work and can't telework, then you need to keep your work environment clean." says Dr. Stefanski.

State Senator Gerald Boudreaux says, "We're communicating that and we're asking you to assist us with that but if we follow the precautions that Dr. Stefanski and all the people throughout the state are doing we're gonna be in a better place to flatten that curve."

Officials are expecting to have more positive cases but as long as people practice social distancing and self-quarantining, those numbers should decrease.