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COVID-19 still community spread in Acadiana, LCG clarifies statement

Posted at 7:44 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 21:23:15-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Tuesday Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory said, "At the present time, we are no longer seeing evidence of community spread of the virus."

Today, the Louisiana Department of Health says that's not the case.

According to LDH, we are still seeing evidence of community spread.

Dr. Tina Stefanski said the coronavirus is still something people need to be cautious of.

"We are still seeing community spread throughout Acadiana. We're also seeing some outbreaks," Stefanski said.

Those outbreaks are primarily in nursing homes and workplace clusters. Stefanski said the numbers recently are driving up in Acadia and Lafayette Parishes.

"The biggest contributing factor to our increases have been these outbreaks among work sites that are not open to the public and still unfortunately through out nursing homes," Stefanski said.

The Guillory administration released a statement Thursday, trying to clarify the Mayor-President's comments on Tuesday. The administration lashed out at some members of the media for allegedly taking those comments out of context and claiming it was "gotcha journalism."

Bottom line, we are still seeing community spread.

Stefanski said, "Clearly this virus is still circulating. So, when people are in a workplace and they're moving out-and-about in the community. We know there is a potential and probably even more of a potential now for community spread."

LCG was supposed to hold a news conference today with the Department of Health. We were hoping to get more clarity at that news conference, but it was canceled.

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