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Abbeville officials practice “social distancing” during Thursday morning’s special council meeting. Mayor Mark Piazza (standing far left) provides updates to the members of the city council.

Abbeville City Council holds special meeting

During a special meeting Thursday morning, members of the Abbeville City Council voted to declare a state of emergency to allow city officials to better maneuver amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.
The council also confirmed during the meeting that the city will have to continue to disconnect utilities for nonpayment, as utilities are vital to the city’s finances. Mayor Mark Piazza will look at disconnects on a case-by-case basis. The council also approved a waiver of the disconnect fee and late fee, which will be monitored month to month.

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Dr. Tina Stefanski

PERSON TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN ST. LANDRY PARISH

OPELOUSAS — A person in St. Landry Parish has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Tina Stefanski with the Louisiana Department of Health announced the positive test during a news conference held Thursday morning at the St. Landry Economic Development office in Opelousas.
Details about the person who tested positive were not released.

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Community Foundation of Acadiana Activates Acadiana Disaster Response Fund

LAFAYETTE – Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) activated its Acadiana Disaster Response Fund.
Donations to the fund will deploy resources to community-based organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Acadiana Region.
The fund will be used to provide support for organizations such as nonprofit regional health organizations, government entities, nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools that work with people and communities that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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