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91 tested for COVID-19 at Cajundome Tuesday

Posted at 3:06 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 21:30:44-04

On Tuesday, Lafayette Consolidated Government officials provided updates on COVID-19 in the parish.

133 people visited the Cajundome screening site on Tuesday - 43 were screened out by healthcare professionals, and 91 COVID-19 tests were administered.

LCG officials urged residents to remember to bring their ID to the Cajundome, as the medical staff will need contact information when test results return. You will not be able to get screened without identification.

Angelle said test results from the Cajundome are continuing to take 7-10 days to return.

Testing will continue on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

459 total calls were made to the 311 line on Monday. Of those, 79 were sent to the Cajundome, 7 were triaged to urgent care faciliites, 29 were triaged to primary care providers, 9 were triaged to emergency rooms, 2 were triaged to home care, and 26 callers received general information regarding COVID-19.

On 311's website, a section has been added where residents can subscribe to COVID-19 news, alerts, and updates.

As of noon on Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health was reporting 12 cases of the coronavirus in the parish.

LCG is "keeping all options on the table" when it comes to using older medical facilities or hotels as additional hospital space if that becomes necessary. Angelle said there is no specific plan to use older facilities at this point, and would depend on the condition of the buildings and feasibility of the plan. Angelle added Lafayette Parish has not contacted hotels at this point, but again, is looking at all possible options for additional hospital space.

Additionally, guidelines regarding unemployment have loosened. Those who have been displaced, fired, etc. because of the COVID-19 situation will be eligible. For more information on guidelines and resources, visit lafayette.org/covid.

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory was not in attendance at the meeting, as Angelle said he was working to try and secure additional equipment, including ventilators and masks, to make sure the city has enough to continue screening and treating patients.

PPE donations are being accepted at the Cajundome from 8:30-10:30 on Wednesday. The United Way Warehouse is also accepting donations from 8 a.m. - noon at their location at 215 E. Pinhook. LCG is accepting donations of homemade masks at the government building. Those will be used for employees who are in the community servicing homes, etc.

Angelle also emphasized that any business that is non-essential is "strongly encouraged to stop your operation right now and close to the public."

Several businesses have allegedly been reported to LCG and the Lafayette Police Department. Angelle said some of those calls have been handled by a phone call, but others have been handled by law enforcement and the fire department.

More information on essential and non-essential businesses can be found HERE.

Charles Lagrance with Republic Services reminded customers to bag waste, avoid putting loose items in the garbage, and try not to overload garbage containers. He added that customers should expect collection times to be delayed due to volume.

In a press conference on Monday, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory outlined the essential businesses in the parish that would remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To see that list and watch Monday's press conference, click here.