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284 more COVID cases in Vermilion Parish in two weeks

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 970 more confirmed coronavirus cases and 24 more deaths in its noon update on Monday.
Vermilion Parish has also seen an increase of COVID cases over the last two weeks.
In Vermilion Parish, there are now 2,456 cases and 74 deaths.
On Nov. 9. there were 2,172 cases and 70 deaths.
The parish has seen an increase of 284 cases and four deaths in the last two weeks.
The number of hospitalizations in the state increased by 45, and the number of patients in need of ventilators increased by nine.

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Erath High going virtual due to COVID-19

Because of seven positive COVID-19 tests, Erath High School has to go virtual.
On Wednesday, Erath High School learned there were seven positive COVID-19 cases on the campus.
EHS Principal Marc Turner did not release information on who were the seven who tested positive, but the Abbeville Meridional has learned it was a combo of students and teachers.
On Wednesday, 95 students and teachers were quarantined for 14 days due to contact tracing.

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VIRUS CLOSES EUNICE HIGH

EUNICE — Eunice High School is closed for cleaning after five staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Principal Mitchell Fontenot, in a letter to parents, stated the campus closed at the end of the day Monday “out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all members of the community and the school.”
Instruction will be delivered remotely beginning Tuesday and in-person learning is scheduled to resume on Nov. 4, he stated.

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GOVERNOR EXTENDS PHASE 2 RESTRICTIONS

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order that extends Phase 2 and the statewide mask mandate, closure of bard to on-sited consumption and gathering size limits in Louisiana.
This extension is set to expire on Sept. 11.
Edwards said White House officials approved his decision to maintain the restrictions.

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Some businesses in Vermilion Parish still remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant program opening for Louisiana businesses affected by COVID-19

Louisiana small businesses that have been hammered by the coronavirus outbreak and haven’t received federal aid can start applying this week for grants up to $15,000 to cover pandemic-related expenses, under a program created by state lawmakers.
Grants in the $275 million, federally financed Main Street Recovery Program are expected to run out quickly. More than 450,000 businesses are estimated to be eligible, but fewer than 20,000 would be able to collect payments if they each receive the maximum grant.

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