Two COVID-19 cases in St. Landry Parish confirmed


OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY)- UPDATE: Two cases have been confirmed in St. Landry Parish by the state Department of Health.

ORIGINAL: Officials have confirmed one case of coronavirus in St. Landry Parish.

The patient has been quarantined, state regional medical director Dr. Tina Stefanksi said.

“We don’t want people to panic,” the Stefanksi said. She was joined by parish, state and law enforcement officials at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. All present during the press conference reiterated the same prevention practices: stay home, practice social distancing, don’t overstock on groceries.

“We want to release some of the fear,” Rep. Gerald Boudreaux said. “If we follow the precautions that Dr. Stefanski and all the people throughout the state and doing, we are going to be in a better place to flatten that curve.”

In terms of compliance with the statewide COVID-19 mitigation, which closed all bars, St. Landry Parish Bobby Guidroz announced his plans on enforcing the closure of a local water hole he said is being defiant.

“Our patrol division in on day and night watch. If they see businesses open that should not be, we will kindly ask them to shut it down,” Guidroz said. “If it’s a bar, we’ll have a little more resistance, I’m sure.”

We will provide updates as they become available.

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