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Lafayette Parish announces two confirmed cases of COVID-19

Posted at 8:18 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 23:53:47-04

Lafayette Parish has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Mayor President Josh Guillory announced the two cases at an press conference Wednesday evening. Information on the two cases was very limited but it is known that the two patients are not currently in hospitals in Lafayette Parish. They have been quarantined.

"This is a moment we all knew would arrive," Guillory said.

Dr. Stefanski with the Office of Public Health says that they expected the confirmed cases this week and that additional confirmed cases are expected in the coming days.

There is currently not believed to be community spread in Lafayette Parish.

Stefanski says that there are a number of tests that have not yet come back for Lafayette Parish. She reiterated that additional positive results are expected and other areas of Acadiana are seeing pending positive tests.

Stefanski asks that everyone in the parish and in Acadiana take the measures put in place seriously so the most vulnerable are kept healthy.

Residents are asked to continue to take precaution in their daily lives, washing hands, practice social distancing, and disinfecting working and living spaces when necessary.

Officials urge that those who are at high risk in Lafayette contact 311 to speak with medical professionals to see if you should be tested.

"The screening is more important now than ever," Guillory said.

Screening will continue to happen at the Cajundome. Read more here

Those looking for information on COVID-19 in Louisiana can dial 211 for information. Questions about testing for COVID-19, symptoms and treatment and when to access medical help will be answered.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was also at the press conference on Wednesday evening. He asks those in Acadiana to heed the instructions of medical professionals and government officials.

"Ensure that you are taking extreme care in you personal hygiene." Landry said. "It is out of the safety of our citizens that we are asking people to be vigilant."

LCG held a briefing earlier on Wednesday. Read more on that here.

In the state, another death was reported Wednesday night out of St. James Parish. That brings the total deaths to 8 in the state. Read more here.