LAFAYETTE, La. — Lafayette Consolidated Government held its daily COVID-19 briefing where local officials urged residents to continue practicing social distancing and other mitigation measures event though recent data suggests the number of cases across the state may be slowing.
Lafayette Mayor President Josh Guillory said that LCG is reaching a pivotal juncture in its efforts to combat the pandemic, but that residents should still continue practicing good judgment when going out for things like groceries and trips to the pharmacy.
He said that while Lafayette has been fortunate that it hasn't seen the same level of impact in areas like New Orleans yet, if residents are diligent then they are on a path to escape the level of infection seen elsewhere.
Guillory then reminded residents that they are the first line of defense.
"What happens here is entirely up to us," Guillory said. "Let's not be complacent."
Guillory then spoke about the CDC's recent recommendation that individuals wear masks when going out to public for essential things like food and medicine. He urged residents to take this advice to hearth when making decisions to go outside of their homes.
Guillory also urged local health care workers and first responders to get tested for COVID-19 if they think they are showing symptoms.
According to LCG, the Cajundome screening site received 95 vehicles on Monday and of those, 76 COVID-19 tests were administered and 19 people were screened out.
The Cajundome screening site is open this week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Starting next week, it will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
At noon on Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health released updated coronavirus numbers for the state.
There are 260 coronavirus cases and 6 deaths are being reported in Lafayette Parish.
On Sunday, April 5, there were 247 coronavirus cases and 5 deaths in the parish
In the state, there are currently 14,837 coronavirus cases and 512 deaths.
To see the latest numbers from LDH, click here.
You can watch Monday's press briefing from LCG below.