UPDATE: St. Charles Parish President Matt Jewell addressed the parish through video Friday evening.
After a St. Charles Parish resident tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 on Friday morning, St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell declared a state of emergency in the parish, which will provide access to additional funding and resources made available by the federal government in the event they are needed.
Parish Government will continue to operate and maintain public services, according to a statement released by Jewell’s administration.
Additionally, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus the following has been postponed until further notice:
*All recreation events are postponed until further notice.
*All senior citizen events are postponed until further notice.
*Any public and private events at the Edward Dufrene Community Center are postponed until further notice.
“We are encouraging residents to remain calm and take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of viruses,” Jewell said. “Our elderly population is most susceptible to COVID-19, so please check in on elderly family members and neighbors and take extra precautions when doing so.”
St. Charles Parish government buildings have increased sanitation protocols and the parish has encouraged the Council on Aging to take the proper precautions to protect seniors and restrict non-essential activities while maintaining crucial services.
The parish advises residents should remain vigilant and continue to follow CDC hygiene and social distancing recommendations as follows:
*Clean your hands often using soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds; effective hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol.
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.