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Lafayette Mayor-President says Acadiana is seeing clusters of COVID-19 cases

Posted at 11:07 PM, May 26, 2020

Mayor-President Josh Guillory says Acadiana needs to continue social distancing and use good hygiene to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Guillory said during a news conference Tuesday that we are no longer seeing evidence of community spread, but we are seeing clusters of the virus in work environments in Lafayette Parish and neighboring parishes.

At the advice of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Parish Medical Task Force, Guillory is pushing for residents to help maintain the success of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

We asked Guillory if he believes Acadiana opened up too quickly considering the cluster of cases and he said, "no." Guillory would not elaborate on where the clusters are but did say, "We'll try to get Dr. Stefanski here on Thursday."

Guillory said in order to make it to phase two, the people of Acadiana need to do their part to stop the spread.

"There is concern that these clusters could lead to broader outbreaks," Guillory said. "We still have 100's of COVID positive people in our parish who are infectious. People who have tested positive, those who are a-symptomatic and pre-symptomatic."

We asked Guillory one last time if he believes the people of Lafayette Parish and the surrounding Acadiana area deserve to know where a potential cluster is so they can protect themselves and potentially stop the spread.

Guillory said, "That's not an unfair question, but it almost implies that I'm hiding information. If I had the information I would tell you. I want to work with our public health officials to make sure we release this information in a responsible way. You're probably right that it's not HIPAA. I'm reporting information that we have. I'll tell you this whether that information is public or not, the number one defense is you and I."

We did reach out to Dr. Tina Stefanski with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to see if she could give details on the clusters and we asked if she will be at Thursday's news conference. As of our 10:00 newscast, we have not heard back.

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