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Officials say first case of COVID-19 in Vermilion Parish has been confirmed

According to Vermilion Parish Police Juror Wayne Touchet, the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been confirmed in Vermilion Parish.
Kaplan Mayor Mike Kloesel also updated a post on social media Thursday morning that the positive case has been confirmed by the Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.
No further information about the case has been made available at this time.
Abbeville General has opened a testing site at its Erath/Delcambre Community Care Clinic. The clinic is located at 220 North Road in Erath.

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UL Lafayette confirms COVID-19 case

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has confirmed that one of its students has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement emailed Wednesday to students, faculty and staff members, Dr. Joseph Savoie, University president, said the student does not live on campus, nor were they a student resident this semester. The student did not exhibit symptoms while on campus, which current understanding suggests reduces the likelihood of transmission.

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Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 Updates for March 25

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.

Case count
As of noon on March 25, the Department reported 407 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,795.

Hospitalization
Yesterday, 271 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. Of those, 94 patients required ventilation.
Currently, 491 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 163 patients require ventilation.

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Judge Hardee announces closure of Kaplan City Court to public

KAPLAN — Judge F. Stanton Hardee III has announced that Kaplan City Court has been closed, effective March 23.
Hardee said the closure will remain in effect through Monday, April 13, unless further extended by order of the court. Any questions can be answered by calling (337) 643-8116.
Hardee said it is further ordered that all Criminal 72-hour hearings for

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