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Parish president comments on 1st local case of COVID-19

Washington Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas issued a statement Tuesday, concerning the recent developments with COVID-19 in the parish.

The statement read:

“This morning, March, 17, 2020, my office was notified of its first COVID-19 positive test of a resident of Washington Parish who is at a hospital in St Tammany Parish. After receiving that notification, I held a conference call with elected officials and stakeholders in Washington Parish.

“As stated in my memo that was issued on March 16, 2020, I urge all citizens of Washington Parish to do their part to minimize the spread of any virus. We must all take action and be vigilant. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough, stay away from sick people and more importantly stay home if you are sick.

“It is extra important for everyone to take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick, by practicing social distancing and unnecessary travel. Information on this virus, and its impacts to not only our parish but the state, is changing hourly. We ask that you continue to watch local media, check in on the elderly and those individuals you know have underlying health conditions, preferable by phone, as they are the ones that are most susceptible to the virus.
“The following offices in Washington Parish are opened, but not to the general public. If you have business that needs be conducted please call them.

Washington Parish Government — 985-839-7825

Washington Parish Clerk of Court — 985-839-4663

Washington Parish Registrar of Voters — 985-839-7850

Washington Parish Assessors Office — 985-839-7815

Washington Parish District Attorney — 985- 839-6711

City of Bogalusa — 985-732-6600

Town of Franklinton — 985-839-3569

Washington Parish Permit Office — 985-839-5456

Washington Parish Library — 985-839-5456

“Further information and guidance can be found on the following sites:

ldh.la.gov

www.cdc.gov

www.washingtonparishalerts.org

www.bogalusa.org

www.facebook.com/bogalusa.louisiana

www.facebook.com/WPOHSEP

www.facebook.com/Washington-Parish-Government-216188025176096.”