On Tuesday, March 24, St Martin Parish President Chester Cedars confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the parish.
Cedars says that he received confirmation of the positive case on Monday night from health officials.
The patient has been self-quarantined. No other identifying information about the person could be released.
According to Cedars, the positive test result does not require any special measures beyond those imposed by the state.
St. Martin Parish residents are urged to continue adhering to all state executive orders and proclamations.
Cedars says that more positive cases are expected and that residents should not be alarmed.
At noon on Tuesday, the state of Louisiana was reporting 1,388 cases of the coronavirus and 46 deaths.
In Acadiana, nine parishes, including St. Martin, were reporting cases: Lafayette (12), Calcasieu (5), St. Landry (3), Acadia (2), Evangeline (2), Iberia (2), St. Mary (2), and Jeff Davis (1). No cases have been reported in Vermilion Parish.
See the full announcement from St. Martin Parish Government, below.