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Iberia Parish President shares concerns over case growth

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 18:54:10-04

NEW IBERIA, La. — Iberia Parish is seeing an increasing in admissions to the ICU and hospitals, according to Parish President Larry Richard. Richard says the hospitals are nearing capacity, reaching more than 70%.

Richard says most of the cases in the parish are from community spread. While nursing homes are no longer a point of concern, Richard also says there's no direct connection to bars unlike some parishes. The State Fire Marshal's Office is conducting compliance checks throughout the parish and warnings have been given out.

The Department of Health released a breakdown of the percent positive of cases to tests in Region 4 on June 12th compared to June 26th.

LocationJune 12June 26
Region 48.9%13.3%
Evangeline Parish3.9%9.1%
Vermilion Parish4.3%8.4%
Lafayette Parish9.2%15.6%
Acadia Parish9.6%17.5%
St. Landry Parish5%7.6%
St. Martin Parish19.7%11.3%
Iberia Parish 9.7%18.7%

According to the parish president, taking precautions such as staying 6 ft. apart, washing your hands, wearing your mask, and staying home when your sick can help keep the parish from going backwards on restrictions however, "If the numbers continue to go up in Iberia Parish I will be making some adjustments."

Right now there are several public testing locations, which you can find here.

A meeting is being planned for Wednesday with medical experts and city leaders to determine how to proceed should cases continue to rise.

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