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Link to This is how coronavirus testing works at Louisiana’s state-run lab  (opens in new window)

The Louisiana lab is able to test 200 to 250 samples per day and can turn around results in about three days. So far, about 40 percent of the samples tested at the facility have come back positive for COVID-19, according to the Office of Public Health. That’s much higher than the overall positive rate for tests in the state, which stood at 16% as of Tuesday.

Source: This is how coronavirus testing works at Louisiana’s state-run lab | Coronavirus |

Major Disaster Declaration

JBE Tuesday update: state asks Trump for major disaster declaration

The gist: Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Donald Trump this morning requesting a major disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana. This request comes as positive cases of COVID-29 jumped overnight by 216 for a total of 1388 cases within the state. The fast-moving illness also claimed 12 more lives overnight for a total of 46 for Louisiana.

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Link to Coronavirus cases grew faster in Louisiana than anywhere else in the world: UL study  (opens in new window)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Louisiana grew faster in the first 14 days than anywhere else in the world, data shows. That includes Spain and Italy, which have produced nightmarish scenes as hospitals have become overrun.

Source: Coronavirus cases grew faster in Louisiana than anywhere else in the world: UL study | Coronavirus |

What does ‘essential’ mean, anyway?

Most essential jobs are what you would expect. Healthcare and first responders, pharmacists, law enforcement, air traffic controllers and grocery store employees probably come to mind.

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Stuller Inc. shuts down Lafayette HQ amid governor’s ‘stay at home’ order

All 1,263 employees at Stuller Inc.’s global headquarters on Rue Louis XIV are being sent home today at 5 p.m. as a result of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ “stay at home” order announced Sunday, according to founder Matt Stuller. Employees will receive paychecks and full benefits through April 12, the order’s expiration date.

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Link to Grab-and-go meal pickup times changed for LPSS schools (opens in new window)

The Advocate:

The district released a statement Friday that pickup hours would be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Monday.

Meal pickup is available at 15 schools across the district.

The schools include:

  • Alice Boucher Elementary
  • Broussard Middle
  • Carencro Middle
  • Charles Burke Elementary
  • Corporal Michael Middlebrook Elementary
  • Duson Elementary
  • Edgar Martin Middle
  • J.W. Faulk Elementary
  • Lafayette Middle
  • Live Oak Elementary
  • Milton Elementary and Middle
  • Paul Breaux Middle
  • S.J. Montgomery Elementary
  • Scott Middle School
  • Youngsville Middle