Governor Edwards Closes Schools & Public Gathers Across State
Governor John Bell Edwards has canceled all public K-12 schools in the state of Louisiana until April 13th.
In addition, the Governor has banned all public gatherings of 250 people or more in the state. That term will also last until April 13th.
This week, Caddo Parish confirmed it's first Coronavirus case. CHRISTUS Highland medical confirmed the case and said:
Out of respect for our patient and in following HIPAA guidelines, we are limited in what we can share. We can say that we followed the CDC’s guidelines at all times, as well as the guidance we received from the Caddo Parish Health Department," the statement reads. "We are firmly convinced that it was the diligence of our clinical caregivers and the excellent care they provided that helped identify this patient. Importantly, all CHRISTUS Associates utilized the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and isolated this patient to protect our patients, Associates and community. Per CDC guidelines, the patient has been treated and released to home isolation.
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, who is also our area's Homeland Security Director, said today:
"We know that in Caddo Parish Dr. Whyte and the hospitals are doing the appropriate things. Including notifying the people that this person may have come in contact with."