St. Landry leaders address concerns about COVID-19 in parish

The St. Landry Parish Government along with the Louisiana Department of health. Local hospitals and local mayors held a press conference to discuss the current Covid-19 situations in the parish and to encourage citizens to get vaccinated.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 3:57 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2021 3:09 PM

ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KADN) - Dr. Kenneth Cochran, President, and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, "Younger more healthy people are losing their lives due to covid"

Health officials held a press conference in hopes of urging more members of the community to get vaccinated.

St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins says he will recommend to the board that a mask mandate be put in place for the upcoming school year.

Patrick Jenkins, Superintendent of St. Landry Parish Schools says, "we're asking the board which will have a board meeting this Thursday, August 5, 2021, that we have a mask mandate within our schools the board will make that final decision however that is my recommendation to them not only for our students but for our faculty and staff for their safety"I spoke with one parent and he says although it's a challenge to get his son to wear a mask he strongly encourages it

Simon Pellegrin says, "the only uncertainties that my son has is mostly wearing a mask you know it uncomfortable but he understands he has to wear it but it's just some teachers don't really enforce it and some do"

Healthcare professionals say younger people who aren't vaccinated are now making up the majority of covid patients.

Dr. Tina Stefanski, the regional medical director says, "when you talk to the doctors to the nurses to the administration everyone is speaking in unity with this message it's younger people who are unvaccinated are making up the great majority of the inpatients and their sick"

As of yesterday, Dr. Kenneth Cochran says 31 patients who tested positive for covid-19 are on ventilators so the time to get vaccinated is now.

Dr. Kenneth Cochran, President & CEO of Opelousas General Health System says, "please get your vaccine if not for yourself for your neighbor or for your family member or loved one wear a mask indoors wear a mask when in close proximity of others and then, of course, wash your hands"

Dr. Kenneth Cochran says 40% of covid patients are under the age of 50 and are unvaccinated and the mortality rate is higher than normal. He also said that this covid surge is set to continue through November of this year. He also says they currently have 0 inpatient beds available and over 30% of inpatients have tested positive for covid.

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