St. John the Baptist Parish reports first COVID-19 case

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Thomas Perumean
March 15, 2020 - 8:26 am

St. John the Baptist Parish is the latest area of the state where a resident has come down with COVID-19, coronavirus.  

Parish President Jaclyn Hotard wasted no time in making an emergency declaration after learning of the victim's hospitalization in Jefferson Parish. 

"We learned from the Governor and health offiicals that we have one presumptive positive case of COVID-19", Hotard said during her declaration.  

Hotard addressed businesses in the parish to rethink their attendence policies: "We are encouraging businesses to please look at your sick leave and work-at-home policies and please do not come into work if your are not feeling well."

The Parish has started a top to bottom clensing and disinfecting program of all parish government buildings.  

President Hotard says she is positioning the Parish to receive federal relief as well.

"If and when federal resources are available through the Federal Emergency Declaration trickle down to the state, we wanted to make sure St. John Parish is first in line."

Sheriff Mike Tregre, speaking to WWL-TV said his department is mobilized:  "If its a case of an obvious case, we will contact the Center for Disease Control to make sure we are following all recommended policies, guidelines and procedures.  

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