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ICU/Ventilators nearing capacity as tidal wave of cases peaks

Louisiana’s COVID-19 case count soared by nearly 2,000 Monday as an avalanche of test results flooded in. The state posted 1,857 new cases and 35 more deaths since Sunday. The trajectory of Louisiana’s death count appears to have leveled off, now at 512 reported deaths Monday, but, “It’s going to be the hardest, saddest week for Americans,” warns U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, citing total American deaths to top 10,000 this week. Louisiana continues to lead in per capita death rate with St. John the Baptist Parish at nearly 30 per 100,000 residents. Orleans Parish has 25.

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School district will begin serving home delivery meals this Thursday

The Vermilion Parish School Board will provide grab and go meals at Cecil Picard Elementary, Dozier Elementary, Eaton Park Elementary, Forked Island/E. Broussard Elementary, Gueydan High School, J. H. Williams Middle, and Rene Rost Middle until Thursday, April 9, 2020.
In an effort to continue to provide meals and maintain the safety and health of the staff, students, parents/guardians and community, the school district is announcing a new program that will deliver meals to your doorstep for free.

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Dr. Ray P. Authement greets spectators at Cajun Field in an image from 2007. (Photo credit: University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Dr. Ray P. Authement, UL Lafayette president for 34 years, dies

Dr. Ray P. Authement, who led the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as its president for three decades, died Sunday, April 5. He was 91.
Authement was president 34 years. When he retired in 2008, he was the longest-serving public university president in the United States.
In a statement, Dr. Joseph Savoie, current UL Lafayette president, praised his predecessor’s “visionary leadership.”

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