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As percent positivity rates rise, what does that mean for bars?

Bars in Florida can no longer serve alcohol for 'on-premises consumption' amid COVID-19 spike
Posted at 1:03 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 15:10:43-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Across Acadiana, percent positivity rates are on the rise in some parishes.

Last month, Gov. John Bel Edwards set up standards that allowed bars to re-open in parishes with a low infection rate.

Under those standards, bars located in high incident infection parishes are not allowed to reopen. Parishes that have had five percent (5%) or less positivity rate for COVID-19 infections for at least two (2) consecutive weeks prior to September 11th may opt-in to have bars and other Class AG permit holders in their parishes re-open.

To read about exactly what that means, click here.

Since that time, several Acadiana parishes - including Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, Vermilion, St. Martin and St. Landry - have opted in.

But now many of those parishes are posting infection rates that exceed 5 percent. So what does that mean?

KATC Investigates did some research. According to the governor's order, a parish that opted in must post a positive rate higher than 10 percent for two consecutive weeks in order to trigger a status change.

"Should any parish that opts in then subsequently exceed 10 percent positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish shall then be closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5 percent or less for two consecutive weeks," the governor's order states.

You can read the entire order here.

The "weeks" are measured from Wednesday to Wednesday on the LDH dashboard. That means we will have a new "week" rate posted tomorrow. As of today, here are the percent positivity rates for Acadiana's parishes for the weeks of October 8-14 and October 15-21, respectively:

Acadia: 6.7 percent; 6.0 percent
Calcasieu: 8.9 percent; 7.5 percent
Evangeline: 3.0 percent; 2.7 percent
Iberia: 3.4 percent; 3.4 percent
Jeff Davis: 3.7 percent; 4.6 percent
Lafayette: 4.5 percent; 3.9 percent
St. Landry: 5.1 percent; 5.6 percent
St. Martin: 5.2 percent; 7.9 percent
St. Mary: 4.2 percent; 3.0 percent
Vermilion: 2.9 percent; 4.2 percent