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St. Martin Parish addresses outbreak of COVID-19 at work site, working to reduce spread

St. Martin Parish addresses outbreak of COVID-19 at work site, working to reduce spread
Posted at 10:18 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 23:32:55-04

In St. Martin Parish, one business is seeing a cluster of COVID-19 cases in their facility.

The Louisiana Department of Health notified the parish president of the outbreak on Tuesday.

Now the city is taking measures to make sure it does not happen anywhere else in the parish.

Workplace clusters are not unusual since entering Phase 2 in Louisiana.

St. Martin Parish President, Chester Cedar was notified by the Department of Health about a business within the parish that saw a large number of clusters.

"We had additional discourse with the department of health and my focus was to ensure that appropriate measures had been put into place through the Louisiana Department of Health to make sure that the issue was being addressed," said Cedar.

Although Cedar could not tell us exactly what industry is being affected by clusters, he says the business is cooperating to stop the spread.

"Employees are being tested, family members of the employees are being tested, and we're optimistic that these cluster of cases, this outbreak at this facility will be brought under control," said Cedar.

Cedar did not confirm how many employees tested positive, but the city is working closely with health officials to mitigate the spread.

"We have been fortunate to partner with Lafayette General Health Systems to do community wide testing and we're going to continue to do that. It's okay to enter phase 2 and to participate in phase 2 but doing that is not incongruent with practicing safe health measures," said Cedar.

Cedar encourages everyone to take advantage of looser restrictions, but he wants people to be smart about what they're doing.

"We haven't won this battle yet and we still got a ways to go but we're gonna get there. COVID-19 is still around and to continue good common sense and good hygienic measures and practices," said Cedar.

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