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COVID -19 information update

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Union Parish numbers increased by 52 cases from last week. Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Union Parish Director Greg Gossler attributes that, mainly, to three labs that had not turned in results for eight weeks. Although the state is “opening back up,” Gossler hopes “our people our taking it serious enough. This is not over yet.” Gossler said things may never be the same. “I would hope our ‘new normal’ is a conscious reality of our situation.” He encourages citizens to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, but “please continue to practice social distancing and common sense.”

State to feed 600K+ students

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Louisiana has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed as many as 611,430 students during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday.

Library proves to be essential service

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COVID-19 caught many people off guard. Most people knew that it had reached the United States but while attention was focused on other national news, COVID-19 snuck into almost every state and before long Louisiana was a hotspot.

Louisiana to move to Phase One

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Louisiana will move to Phase One under the White House COVID-19 guidance this Friday, May 15, which removes the Stay-at-Home order for Louisianans and allows additional businesses to open under strict occupancy, protection and social distancing guidelines, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday.

Why are the deceased receiving coronavirus stimulus checks?

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Friday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) joined Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Reps. Greg Gianforte (R- Mont.) and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) in leading a group of lawmakers who are raising concerns regarding recent reports that deceased individuals are receiving COVID-19-related economic impact payments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Hundreds to be hired in Louisiana

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Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health outlined a plan for COVID-19 testing and tracking that would hire as many as 700 Louisianans to serve as “contact tracers,” interviewing and advising people who have tested positive to determine who in their lives could also be at risk.

Town meeting held online

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Members of the Farmerville Town Council met Monday, sharing the meeting online via a teleconferencing platform. During the meeting an update was received on the Safe Routes to Public Places project. The council also discussed the hiring of a Public Works Director. That position had been approved back in December, but hadn’t been filled. The council voted to table the issue due to election being just six months away.