LCG confirms one death from COVID-19 in the parish

Posted at 2:05 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:58:01-04

During the press conference on the COVID-19 update on Friday, Mayor President Josh Guillory announced the death of one person.

He asks that everyone keep the person and their family affected in their prayers.

No others details were provided on that person. LCG says that more deaths are expected in the parish.

Guillory announced that LCG and LEDA have been working on projects to provide information and answer questions for business owners, employees and those looking for jobs.

On Monday, those people can call 311 and press 2 to get information about applying for business recovery loans, applying for unemployment benefits, and looking for employers.

"We think we will be able to provide same-day call backs," he said.

The old LUS payment center will be open on Monday for business owners who would like physical copies on SBA loans.

"We will provide updated information to our business community as we receive it." Gulllory announced.

Guillory is encouraging businesses to visit for more information.

In terms of covid-19 screening, workers are testing as many people as they can, Guillory said. More rapid tests are expected at local hospitals in the coming weeks. He says that with these tests they may be able phase out of screening sites in the parish.

Guillory says that LCG has put in place the restrictions they have because of the Governor's order. He provided no additional restrictions that LCG will look into putting in place. Currently Lafayette Parish has a curfew for minors. Lafayette is following the stay at home order and continues to ask that only essential workers travel for work.

Residents can travel to get essential items and care.

For those seeing people out or gathering in groups or non-essential businesses open, local law enforcement can be called but they ask to use discretion when calling on these incidents as to not overburden law enforcement.

92 eople went to the testing location at the Cajundome on Friday. 30 of those people were screened out while 62 were tested. Screening will continue on Saturday 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.

399 calls were made to the 311 hotline about information on COVID-19 and to get pre-screened.

"I ask you to keep everyone affected by this virus in your prayer," he said. " Let us all find something we are grateful for."

Telemundo will now provide a Spanish language interpretation of the press conference which can be found on the LCG Facebook page.


As of Friday, March 27, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 2,746 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

So far, 119 people have died.

In Friday's update, numbers in Acadiana rose again.

Acadia - 8 cases, 1 death

Calcasieu - 22 cases, 1 death

Evangeline - 4 cases

Iberia - 4 cases

Jeff Davis - 1 case

Lafayette - 44 cases, 1 death

St. Landry-10 cases

St. Martin- 11 case, 3 deaths

St. Mary- 6 cases

Vermilion - 2 cases

There are 54 parishes in total reporting cases of COVID-19.

The Acadia Parish OHSEP Director says that the parish's first reported death is of an individual who was 89 years of age with underlying medical conditions.

Dr. Tina Stefanski says that the three deaths in St. Martin Parish were of 41, 70 and 89-year old residents.

The Louisiana Department of Health is now reporting the number of people hospitalized in the state due to COVID-19.

The department reports that 773 patients are in hospitals and that 270 of those patients were on ventilators.