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Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 Updates for April 1

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health has updated its website to reflect the latest number of positives and will continue to update its website at noon each day.
As of noon on April 1, the Department reported 1,187 additional cases since yesterday, bringing the total to 6,424 positive cases. This is approximately a 23-percent increase since yesterday.

A total of 1,498 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 490 patients require ventilation.

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Be Aware Of Fake Hunting, Fishing Announcements

Recently, LDWF has had to respond to several fake news articles, one regarding increased fishing fines and, most recently, the supposed forced closure of hunting and fishing season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
None of it is true.
Any valid information regarding LDWF actions is on our website at or our Facebook page at Please verify the accuracy of any information at these sites before sharing it on social media.

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File photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter
Crawfish producer Allen McLain, at right, inspects crawfish caught by Ethan Trahan, at left, in Vermilion Parish last year.

Crawfish farmers urged not to drain ponds yet despite drop in sales

Crawfish producer Allen McLain’s business has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus’ impact on the restaurant business.
“We’re struggling. It’s not looking good,” said McLain, of Abbeville.
A big portion of his business is selling his product to area restaurants, but he said that has been sharply reduced.
Crawfish are plentiful and have grown to a large size, but there’s a limited market. He said sales during the week are a fraction of his normal volume.
“The weekends are about average,” he said.

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COVID-19 cases in Vermilion Parish climb to eight

The number of COVID-19 cases jumped from three to eight cases in one day in Vermilion Parish.
For the last few days, Vermilion Parish has had at least three cases and one death. That number jumped to eight cases on Tuesday when the Louisiana Department of Health updated its website, and there is still only one death, in the parish.
The reason for the spike in the parish could be because the COVID-19 test results are just being returned to the patients from last week. However, testing has slowed down at the Abbeville General Clinic in Erath.



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Abbeville Meridional

318 N. Main St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337-893-4223
Fax: 337-898-9022

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Kaplan, LA 70548

The Gueydan Journal

311 Main Street
Gueydan, LA 70542