Mayor-President Guillory Reiterates Need for Citizens to Continue Slowing the Spread

Lafayette – As Lafayette Parish and the state continue to face and fight the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s stay-at-home order stays in effect until April 30, 2020.

Today, the Louisiana Department of health reported 272 cases in Lafayette Parish, based on 6,800 tests. Unfortunately, another Lafayette Parish resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to seven.

Mayor-President Josh Guillory said, “Lafayette Parish’s rate of confirmed cases to tests is about four percent, which is among the lowest in the state. That statistic, though, is a bit misleading, considering some local testing load is from surrounding parishes.”

The relatively low rate of positive tests is an encouraging sign that social distancing efforts are working, but Lafayette hasn’t reached its peak. “If data in the next few days continues the current trend, we may see the rate of increases starting to slow, suggesting that peak infection is near,” Guillory said.

Until we’re no longer in this public health crisis, the Mayor-President emphasized that, “We can’t become complacent. Diligently follow social distancing guidelines. We need to keep doing what we’re doing as part of the 30 days to slow the spread guidance from the CDC.”