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Iberia Parish officials react to rise in cases

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 14:20:23-04

Iberia Parish President Larry Richard reacted Sunday to the increase in Iberia Parish COVID cases to 11.

"The public should be assured that we have been planning for the moment when these cases would be detected and are prepared to continue working in the best interests of the citizens of Iberia Parish in an effort to limit the spread of this virus," Richard writes.

Iberia Parish officials are in "constant contact" with state, regional and parish officials, medical experts and federal elected officials, he writes.

As officials and medical providers work to combat the virus, they need residents to do their part, he said, by doing the following:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
If you can't use soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that's at least 60 percent alcohol
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue away
If you don't have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow
Immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, keyboards, phones, desks, etc.
If you are sick, "respect your friends and neighbors and stay home"
Stay at home unless you are performing an essential activity like those listed on the governor's order.