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Leaders cautiously optimistic as curve flattens

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 23:43:12-04

Though leaders are seeing the coronavirus curve start to flatten, they're cautiously optimistic moving forward.

Doctor Tina Stefanski with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said it looks like social distancing is working. Though that is a positive, she said we have not reached our peak of COVID cases.

"With social distancing, we've sort of pushed that curve to the right," Stefanski said. "Instead of this big peak, we might see this slow rise of cases, but that might be into June, July or August."

Stefanski warned we could see a second surge if we get too complacent.

"We all need to do our part. Take our cues from the Governor, the President and our parish leaders. Stay home, continue to keep that distance from people so we can continue to drive this level of infection down so we do not see even more community transmission."

As the curve starts to flatten, Mayor-President Josh Guillory said Lafayette Parish was proactive with screening and testing. The number of people going to the Cajundome site is now slim compared to prior weeks, prompting the location to close when testing is complete on Wednesday.

"Since we have more supplies and our testing kits are more readily available, we can rely on our healthcare systems, ERs, walk-in-clinics to take the fight to the enemy," Guillory said.