The most recent numbers reported by the Louisiana Department of Health reflect that St. Charles Parish continues to earn low, although slightly increasing, COVID test positivity rates.
The periods of Oct. 28-Nov. 4, as well as Nov. 5-Nov. 11, saw a 3.9% positivity rate in testing.
For the reporting period of Oct. 22-28, the test positivity rate for St. Charles Parish was 3.5%. That number rose slightly to 3.8% for the period of Oct. 29-Nov.4.
The low rates mean bars in St. Charles Parish can continue to operate. Under Gov. John Bel Edwards’ current proclamation, parishes with a 5% or less COVID-19 test positivity rate for two consecutive weeks can allow bars to reopen with restrictions.
Per Edwards’ order, bars must abide by the following guidelines: bars are permitted to operate with table service at 25% capacity up to 50 patrons, no walk-up bar service is permitted, alcohol sales at all venues must end by 10 p.m. and must close by 11 p.m. and all seating must be socially distanced.
Other parishes in the state, including Ascension Parish, were recently forced to prohibit bars from having on-premises consumption amid new coronavirus concerns and high test positivity rates.