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In holiday message, Guillory urges residents to "show good judgment" while celebrating

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Posted at 7:50 PM, Nov 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-21 20:50:28-05

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory is urging residents to use common sense as the holidays approach and while planning gatherings.

Guillory released a statement Saturday evening in which he mentioned the "third wave" of COVID-19 cases the state is currently seeing, and asked that people take precautions, especially if around vulnerable family members.

"We don't want joyous Thanksgiving celebrations, to result in family tragedies at Christmas time," Guillory said.

The Mayor-President thanked area healthcare facilities like Ochsner Lafayette General, Lourdes, and LHC Group, and said he was "proud and grateful for the work of our medical task force, under the leadership of Dr. Tina Stefanski, who have tirelessly provided guidance on how we can balance our public health needs with our resulting economic challenges that also have public health consequences."

Guillory recently called on healthcare leaders to get ahead of the third curve of COVID-19 in order to avoid economic restrictions. Dr. Stefanski, along with the Chief Medical Officers from Our Lady of Lourdes and Ochsner Lafayette General, released a video campaign urging Acadiana residents to explain what local hospitals are doing to fight the coronavirus and what people need to do to curb the spread.

Guillory asked residents to practice good hygiene, to social distance, to wear masks, and to seek medical advice from health professionals.

"After 9 months, I think we are all tired," Guillory said. "This holiday season, relatively minor inconveniences can prevent major tragedies in our families."

You can read the entire message below or watch it here.

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