Numbers still increasing for Union Parish

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Marion curfew in place

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Although the number of Coronavirus cases in Union Parishes (and across Louisiana) continues to rise, the rate is not as high as it has been.

Tuesday’s numbers showed 82 total cases and 5 deaths in the parish.

“As bad as those numbers are, I was pleased to not see a large jump, said Greg Gossler, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Union Parish. It appears we may be approaching to top of the Bell Curve and settling down some.”

However, Gossler’s concern, and that of many officials, is that any mention of numbers slowing down may give citizens the idea that it’s safe to return to normal activities.

“My real concern is that everyone is (pushing for) reopening the state and starting things back to normal, if we do it too quickly and without some controls…, I’m just afraid of what might happen.”

With negative oil prices having an impact on state revenues, then factor in lost state revenues from casinos and bars, there is tremendous pressure on state government to get the economy moving again.

Marion Mayor Danny Smith understands the desire to reopen activities, but he and his council members have shut down night activities with a curfew.

“We’re doing what we feel is best for the area during this time,” Smith said.

Citizens age 18 and older are to be off the streets of the town between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., while those under the age of 18 are restricted from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.

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