Lafayette Consolidated Government is being proactive when it comes to COVID-19.
Mayor-President Josh Guillory said in an interview with KPEL Thursday morning that his office is in constant communication with the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and is receiving updates on the virus.
"We can still carry on with everyday life, but we don't want to be naïve to the situation," said Guillory. He added that local major hospitals, first responders, and his administration are getting prepared should the area see an outbreak of the virus.
"I want everybody to take comfort - we have a lot of pro-activity in the parish," he added.
Guillory said residents should take precautionary measures such as washing their hands and covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing.
One viewer asked whether organizers of Festival International plan to make any changes to the festival amid concerns about the coronavirus, citing the influx of worldwide visitors the festival brings to the area.
Guillory said he is encouraging everyone to join in the festivities, and didn't specify what, if any, changes are planned for Festival International.
"As far as Festival, we're pinning them back and going forward," Guillory added. "It's a great opportunity for our city and our parish. I encourage everyone out across our state and country and the world to come to Lafayette to join in the celebration."
Thursday night, the Lafayette Parish School System confirmed with KATC that one teacher is under "self-quarantine" after recently returning from travel abroad. Read more on that HERE.
There are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana.