Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Natchitoches Parish

NRMC Press Release
March 22, 2020

In accordance with our commitment to keep our community members informed, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center has received confirmation of a case of COVID-19 in Natchitoches Parish.

Following all of our infection prevention and proactive CDC disease surveillance practices, NRMC treated and discharged home to self-quarantine a community member who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This expected outcome was based on the immediate assessment and presumptive diagnosis made by one of our local providers in an outpatient setting, who followed the State and CDC guidelines for testing. The diagnosis was confirmed today by the positive test result. During the patient’s entire stay, there was never a break in our isolation and infection prevention practices thus minimizing exposure to care givers and patients.

NRMC has a consistent record of clinical excellence, infection prevention and outcomes because of our team’s focus on high quality care. Again, this has been affirmed by being recognized as a Safecare Top 100 hospital nationally 3 out of the last 4 years.

As the spread of this virus continues to grow throughout the state and nation, and our knowledge of the disease expands, treatment and testing options are evolving. Working with the LDH, the CDC and our partner CHRISTUS Health, we continue to adjust our testing algorithm, associate screening, and protective equipment usage.

NRMC has continued to fully operate even while stopping all elective and non-emergent procedures in accordance with the LDH directive.

It is our plan to continue to update everyone in real time as we learn more in the coming days. Please support our healthcare community by complying fully with Governor Edward’s Stay at Home Order.

Complete List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH
• Workers providing COVID-19 testing; Workers that perform critical clinical research needed for COVID-19
response
• Caregivers (e.g., physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection
control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants,
social workers, speech pathologists and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists)
• Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering,
epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information
technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.)
• Workers in other medical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community
Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home
Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric
Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers)
• Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of medical equipment,
personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines,
testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and
paper towel products
• Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate
public health information
• Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities
• Workers that manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance,
compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers performing cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically
work remotely
• Workers conducting research critical to COVID-19 response
• Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of
healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically
disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters
• Pharmacy employees necessary for filling prescriptions
• Workers performing mortuary services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemetery workers
• Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification,
transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death;
and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of
an incident

LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, FIRST RESPONDERS
• Personnel in emergency management, law enforcement, Emergency Management Systems, fire, and
corrections, including front line and management
• Emergency Medical Technicians
• 911 call center employees
• Fusion Center employees
• Hazardous material responders from government and the private sector.
• Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting law
enforcement and emergency service operations.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
• Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail that sells food and beverage products
• Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations – Carry-out and delivery food employees
• Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing
(packers, meat processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood
slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for
animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging
• Farm workers to include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and
distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm
and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically
• Farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol
facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs
• Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution, including warehouse workers, vendormanaged inventory controllers and blockchain managers
• Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail
• Company cafeterias – in-plant cafeterias used to feed employees
• Workers in food testing labs in private industries and in institutions of higher education
• Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments
• Employees of companies engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances
used by the food and agriculture industry, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments,
and other agricultural production aids
• Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of
animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.;
transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal;
raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated
regulatory and government workforce
• Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber,
paper, and other wood products
• Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to
agricultural production and distribution

ENERGY
Electricity industry:
• Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power,
including call centers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians
• Workers needed for safe and secure operations at nuclear generation
• Workers at generation, transmission, and electric blackstart facilities
• Workers at Reliability Coordinator (RC), Balancing Authorities (BA), and primary and backup Control Centers
(CC), including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and
balancing authorities
• Mutual assistance personnel
• IT and OT technology staff – for EMS (Energy Management Systems) and Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and utility data centers; Cybersecurity engineers; cybersecurity risk management
• Vegetation management crews and traffic workers who support
• Environmental remediation/monitoring technicians
• Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians

Petroleum workers:
• Petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, road transport
• Crude oil storage facilities, pipeline, and marine transport
• Petroleum refinery facilities
• Petroleum security operations center employees and workers who support emergency response services
• Petroleum operations control rooms/centers
• Petroleum drilling, extraction, production, processing, refining, terminal operations, transporting, and retail for
use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
• Onshore and offshore operations for maintenance and emergency response
• Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them

Natural and propane gas workers:
• Natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, including compressor stations
• Underground storage of natural gas
• Natural gas processing plants, and those that deal with natural gas liquids
• Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities
• Natural gas security operations center, natural gas operations dispatch and control rooms/centers natural gas
emergency response and customer emergencies, including natural gas leak calls
• Drilling, production, processing, refining, and transporting natural gas for use as end-use fuels, feedstocks for
chemical manufacturing, or use in electricity generation
• Propane gas dispatch and control rooms and emergency response and customer emergencies, including
propane leak calls
• Propane gas service maintenance and restoration, including call centers
Processing, refining, and transporting natural liquids, including propane gas, for use as end-use fuels or
feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
• Propane gas storage, transmission, and distribution centers

WATER AND WASTEWATER
Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:
• Operational staff at water authorities
• Operational staff at community water systems
• Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities
• Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring
• Operational staff for water distribution and testing
• Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities
• Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems
• Chemical disinfectant suppliers for wastewater and personnel protection
• Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
• Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair
technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect
infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel)
• Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging,
and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
• Mass transit workers
• Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail
infrastructure and equipment
• Maritime transportation workers – port workers, mariners, equipment operators
• Truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions,
and services
• Automotive repair and maintenance facilities
• Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials,
pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and
distribution operations
• Postal and shipping workers, to include private companies
• Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and
infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers
• Air transportation employees, including air traffic controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and aviation
management
• Workers who support the maintenance and operation of cargo by air transportation, including flight crews,
maintenance, airport operations, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers

PUBLIC WORKS
• Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks and levees
• Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and
operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of
critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities,
maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues
• Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that
are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
• Support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy
and communications
• Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and
hazardous waste

COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Communications:
• Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication
systems- supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service
providers, satellite operations, undersea cable landing stations, Internet Exchange Points, and manufacturers
and distributors of communications equipment
• Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including, but not limited to front line news
reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering and reporting
• Workers at Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations, and Network Operations
staff, engineers and/or technicians to manage the network or operate facilities
• Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration,
including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables
• Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed
• Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities
• Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support to transitioning employees to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to
manage or support service environments and security issues, including payroll, billing, fraud, and troubleshooting
• Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration

Information Technology:
• Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Center,
Broadcast Operations Control Center and Security Operations Command Center
• Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT
managers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators
• Client service centers, field engineers, and other technicians supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, and information technology
equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors) for critical infrastructure
• Workers responding to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure, including medical facilities, SLTT
governments and federal facilities, energy and utilities, and banks and financial institutions, and other critical
infrastructure categories and personnel
• Workers supporting the provision of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services
(incl. cloud computing services), business infrastructure, web-based services, and critical manufacturing
• Workers supporting communications systems and information technology used by law enforcement, public
safety, medical, energy and other critical industries
• Support required for continuity of services, including janitorial/cleaning personnel

OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL
FUNCTIONS
• Workers to ensure continuity of building functions
• Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
• Elections personnel
• Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and
communications networks
• Trade Officials (FTA negotiators; international data flow administrators)
• Weather forecasters
• Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations
• Workers at operations centers necessary to maintain other essential functions
• Workers who support necessary credentialing, vetting and licensing operations for transportation workers
• Customs workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national emergency response supply
chain
• Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating
distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing
• Hotel Workers where hotels are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures

CRITICAL MANUFACTURING
• Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains,
transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the
operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
• Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals
and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing test kits
• Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup
• Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations

FINANCIAL SERVICES
• Workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services
(e.g., payment, clearing, and settlement; wholesale funding; insurance services; and capital markets activities)
• Workers who are needed to provide consumer access to banking and lending services, including ATMs, and to
move currency and payments (e.g., armored cash carriers)
• Workers who support financial operations, such as those staffing data and security operations centers

CHEMICAL
• Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing
plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical
materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food
additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and paper products.
• Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning
facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items
• Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment,
and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential products
• Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/
or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly
trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections
• Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use
plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water,
medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing

DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE
• Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal
government and U.S. Military. These individuals, include but are not limited to, aerospace; mechanical and
software engineers, manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel;
intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers
• Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of
Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractoroperated and government-owned/government-operated facilities

Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

Can’s and Cant’s of Governor’s Stay at Home Order

YOU CAN

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others.
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

YOU SHOULD NOT

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.
  • For businesses, the new Stay at Home order has limits on the following:
  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, and other similar businesses.
  • All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.
  • All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
  • Businesses closed to the public as listed in the order can conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.
  • Any business not covered by the guidance from the CISA discussed in Section 3 of the order and not ordered to temporarily close must reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limitation on gathering size.
    Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.

Examples of Essential Worker Functions under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines include:

  • Healthcare workers and caregivers
  • Mental health and Social Service workers
  • Pharmacy employees
  • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products
  • Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees
  • Farmworkers
  • Electricity and Utility Industry Employees
  • Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
  • Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers
  • Transportation and Logistics Workers
  • Communications and Information Technology Employees

What is the difference between “Safer at Home” and “social distancing”?

  • Safer at home is a stricter form of social distancing. Safer at home means:
  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services
  • Stay six feet or more away from others
  • Don’t gather in groups

What if I need to visit a health care provider?
Do not go to the emergency room unless you have an actual emergency.

If you feel sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline or an urgent care center.

Can I use ride share, on-demand service or a taxi?
Only for essential travel. You should avoid being in a vehicle with many other people. In circumstances under which such transportation is needed, you must practice social distancing, cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after rides. Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers, like Uber and Lyft, providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes are expressly authorized in the Safer at Home Executive Order.

Should I stock up on food, necessities like toilet paper and medicines?
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores will remain open and are frequently restocking.

Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.

Can grocery stores and other food retailers remain open?
Yes. Grocery stores, water retailers, produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and similar food retail establishments are encouraged to remain open to provide food and pet supplies to the public. When visiting these establishments, please help retailers maintain at least six feet minimum distance between patrons, including by providing ample space while shopping and waiting in line.

Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.

“In Louisiana we have taken aggressive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve; however, this is not enough. As our number of cases continue to grow, I am directing all Louisianans to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to leave. I am implementing this measure to help prevent you from becoming infected or infecting someone else. People can leave their homes to do essential things like buying groceries or food, pick up medicine or go to work only if their job is essential. If you have to go out, make sure you practice social distancing measures and keep 6 feet between you and the people around you. People are encouraged to go outside and to stay active during this time, as long as they practice social distancing when they are around their neighbors,” Gov. Edwards said. “This order is not something I take lightly, but it is necessary to protect the health, safety and well-being of our people, our communities and our way of life.”
The order is set to expire at the end of the night on Sunday, April 12. The Governor will re-evaluate the need for the statewide Stay at Home order and other mitigation measures currently in place to determine if they need to be extended beyond April 12.

The Governor previously ordered all K-12 public schools, casinos, bars movie theatres, gyms and fitness centers closed and restricted restaurants to take-out, drive-through and delivery orders only. He has also moved the state’s April 4 elections and limited crowd size.

For businesses, the new Stay at Home order has limits on the following:

All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, and other similar businesses.

All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.

All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
Businesses closed to the public as listed in the order can conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.

Any business not covered by the guidance from the CISA discussed in Section 3 of the order and not ordered to temporarily close must reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limitation on gathering size.

Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.

Examples of Essential Worker Functions under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines include:

Healthcare workers and caregivers
Mental health and Social Service workers
Pharmacy employees
Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products
Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees
Farm workers
Electricity and Utility Industry Employees
Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers
Transportation and Logistics Workers
Communications and Information Technology Employees
Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees

Members of the public will still be allowed to go to grocery stores and pharmacies to pick up food, medicine and necessary supplies, go to their essential jobs and to go outside for exercise and fresh air. When leaving their home, people should practice social distancing.

OTHER ORDERS FROM THE GOVERNOR:

Gov. Edwards has issued a number of orders designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana and flatten the curve. They are:

March 11: Original declaration of Public Health Emergency, restrictions
March 13: Transportation, health care, administrative
March 14: Restrictions on establishments, closures, legal deadlines
March 19: Education, health care, administrative

Winn Parish – COVID-19 Closures: The List

The following have been either Closed, Delayed, Restricted, Postponed or Cancelled:

March 23 Update
Winn Parish School Board – Suspended meals to children after today. Administrative offices closed until further notice.
Winn Parish District Attorney Office  – Restricted – office closed to public. Staff available by phone and email.
Clerk of Court – Restricted no walk in traffic- Office hours reduced to Monday – Friday 8 AM – 12 Noon, will only accept emergency filings.
Judge’s Office – Restricted no walk in traffic- Office hours reduced to Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM – 12 Noon, will be closed Tuesday and Thursday
Tax Assessor’s Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – Office hours reduced to Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM.
Registrar of Voters Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – Office hours are the same Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Police Jury Office – Restricted no walk in traffic – Office hours are the same Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Veteran’s Office – Closed
Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office – Restricted – to gain entrance press the intercom button located at the main street entrance. Normal business hours

Geaux 318 Energy & Nutrition – Open Monday and Thursday 7 AM – 4 PM until further notice. Call in and online orders only.


March 22 Update
Pretty
Baked – Closed until Stay at Home Order lifted.

March 21 Update
Delta
Tire – Closed on Saturdays and closing at 4 PM on weekdays
Designing Women Flowers and Gifts – Restricted – closed to walk in customers, open for call in and deliveries only.
Geaux 318 Energy and Nutrition – Restricted – Curbside service only. Call in orders.

Original List
April 4, 2020 Louisiana Elections – Postponed to June 20, 2020
No Early Voting at the Courthouse in March!

Winn Parish School – Closed until April 13th
Pre-School Roundup – Postponed to a later date not set yet
CLTCC Huey P. Long Campus – Classed canceled until March 30th (many classes will resume online)

Uncle Earl Hog Dog Trials – Postponed until October
Rotary Club of Winnfield Wednesday Meeting – Canceled until further notice
Louisiana Forest Festival Pageant – Postponed to April 18th
Pilot Club – Canceled until further notice
Kiwanis – All March and April meetings canceled
Lions Club – Virtual Meetings until 1st of May

All Hours Fitness – Closed
Walmart – Restricted hours 7 AM – 8:30 PM
Bank of Winnfield – Lobby closed to walk in traffic – call for appointment with banker for assistance inside the lobby
Scentsational-Scents-by Jennifer – Closed until April 1, 2020 or further notice. Will accept phone orders for family sympathy pieces.

Winn Ranger Station – Restricted (call office for passes or other needs)
Winn Parish 4-H Office  – Closed (all training’s and practices canceled)
City of Winnfield Utility Office – Restricted (payments only through drop-box and online bill pay)
Winn Parish Library (all branches) – All programs and community outreach programs canceled until further notice
City of Winnfield City Hall – Closed to walk in traffic – tax payments accepted through drop box and customers assisted over the phone.
Department of Motor Vehicles – Closed
Winn Parish Clerk of Court – Restricted – limited number of people in office at one time.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services – Office closed to visitors. Customer service provided by phone, email and online.
City of Winnfield Court – Closed
City of Winnfield Clerk of Court – Restricted – Call the Clerk’s office for appointment.
Winn Parish Libraries – Restricted – All services handled curbside. Patrons will not be allowed inside the building. Contact by phone or email to request books and magazines.

First United Methodist Church – Services Canceled for March 22 & 29
First Baptist Church – All services and activities canceled until further notice
First Baptist Church Daycare – Closed until further notice
First United Methodist Church Kid’s World – Closed until further notice
Bethlehem Baptist Church – Closed until further notice (Live broadcast of service Sunday at 11 AM) 
Sanders Chapel United Methodist Church – Services canceled for March 22 & 29
Couley Methodist Church – Services canceled for March 22 & 29
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Services canceled until further notice
Laurel Heights Baptist Church – Sunday service canceled until further notice (Wednesday night service will still be held)
East Winnfield Baptist Church –  Services canceled until further notice

Scentsational-Scents-by Jennifer – Closed until April 1, 2020 or further notice. Will accept phone orders for family sympathy pieces.

 

To add or change any item to the list, please email the information
to WPJ Email

Bank of Winnfield Modifies Operations Due to Coronovirus

As of Monday, March 23rd, Bank of Winnfield’s lobby will be closed to walk-in traffic. Bankers will be available by appointment only for loans, access to safe deposit boxes, and for new account services. Their regular and drive-in hours will be 7:30-5:00 Monday – Friday at their main office and Northside Branch. Their Northside drive-in will also be open on Saturday from 7:30-12:00 noon.

You may continue to use their two ATM locations, internet banking, mobile banking and even old fashioned telephone banking for your banking needs.

Bank of Winnfield has been in operation since 1901 and is an FDIC insured institution. They want to assure you that your money is safe and that they will continue to provide excellent service while taking care of all our customers, employees, and families.

Winnfield City Clerk’s Office By Appointment Only – City Court Closed

Normal operations of the Winnfield City Clerk to the public is suspended  until April 13, 2020. If you have court business. please call, 318-625-4844 and either speak with the staff or leave a message and your call will be returned; or email awileylawyer@hotmail.com. If you have filings to make, in accord with Louisiana Revised Statutes 13:850 you can fax the filings to 866-521-0572 and/or mail them to
Winnfield City Clerk
PO Box 1342
Winnfield, LA 71483

If it is necessary to come to the court facilities, you should call the court first to schedule an appropriate time for your visit. To the extent possible, all business with the court should be handled by phone 318-628-4844, or mail, or email. 

All civil trials set between now and April 13, 2020, are continued and will be reset by order of the court.

All civil time delays and calculations are determined by the proclamations of the governor and legislation.

All criminal proceedings or traffic violations/citations proceeding that would normally require the presence of a defendant that are set for April 2, 2020, are hereby continued and are reset to June 4, 2020. Notice will be sent to the last known address of the defendant. If you have changed your mailing address, please notify the court by phone, mail or email.

Most traffic tickets can be paid online at quickcourt.biz and selecting Winnfield City Court. Traffic fines may also be paid by money order or cashier’s check payable to Winnfield City Court, PO Box 1342, Winnfield, LA 71483.

All court proceedings and normal operations of the Winnfield City Clerk will re-open to the public on April 13, 2020, unless that date is extended by further Orders of the Winnfield City Court or the Louisiana Supreme Court.

All normal criminal processing of arrests will be continued via telephone conferences, as per custom of the court.

Winn Parish Service Organization Blood Drive Challenge

Due to the Coronavirus, very few service organizations in Winn Parish are having their weekly meeting. However, they have come together to find a way to continue to serve our community. 

A blood drive challenge has been laid down! But, the challenge isn’t limited to service organizations only. Businesses and churches are invited to participate as well. The winner will be presented with a Top Blood Donor trophy created by Family Jewel Box. 

LifeShare Blood Centers are in desperate need of blood at this time. The LifeShare bus will be at Walmart Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Be sure to tell them which service organization, business or church you are representing! Let the best service organization, business, church WIN!

DCFS Temporarily Closing to Visitors

Due to changing circumstances involving the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has decided to provide customer service only by phone, email and online, starting Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.

To limit potential exposure, DCFS will reschedule or conduct by phone any face-to-face appointments with clients scheduled in the immediate future.

Louisiana residents may continue to access services and program information through the usual channels:

To report child abuse, call Louisiana’s child abuse hotline at 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437), or for mandatory reporters, visit dcfs.la.gov/mandatedreporters.

To access SNAP, FITAP, KCSP or Child Support, apply online via the CAFÉ Self-Service Portal (dcfs.la.gov/cafe) or get information about the services online at http://www.dcfs.la.gov/page/family-support or by calling the LAHelpU Customer Service Center at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).

Those specifically looking for a SNAP application can text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211, email LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).

DCFS will continue to monitor the developments and safety recommendations related to COVID-19 and provide updates.

Winn Parish Food to Go- Please Support Our Locally Owned Restaurants!

We must continue to support small business and one of the best ways to do that is to continue eating with our LOCAL restaurants. Our LOCAL restaurants provide much needed jobs and tax revenue for our community.

The WPJ is providing a list of our LOCAL restaurants that are complying with the order from the Governor. Here are some of the dining options available for you as we face this temporary suspension of “dine-in” services:

The WPJ will continuously update the list of options. If your restaurant would like to be listed among our LOCAL options. Please send an email to:

wpjwinnla@gmail.com
Jodi Taylor
Winn Parish Journal

Call to Order: (318)6481717
Pick Up Only Address: 210 3rd Street, Dodson, LA 71422
Hours: Tues 10:30 am- 8:00 pm Wed. 10:30am-6:00pm, Thurs 10:30am-8:00pm, Fri & Sat 10:30am-8:30pm closed Sun & Mon

Call to Order: (318) 6283222
Pick Up Only Address: 1903 B Maple Street, Winnfield, LA 71483
Hours: Daily 7 AM – 10 PM, delivery to local businesses from 11 AM – 2 PM
Menu: Lynda’s Menu

Call to Order: (318)7279743
Pick Up Only Address:  330 Collins Camp Rd 71483
Hours: Monday – Saturday 6 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 2 PM 

Call to Order Drive Thru Pick Up or Delivery: (318)2094530
Pick Up Only Address: 5857 Highway 167 North, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483
Hours: Open daily 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Menu: Johnny’s Menu

Call to Order: (318)6283993
Pick Up Only Address: 700 W. Court Street, Winnfield, LA 71483
Hours: Monday – Saturday 5:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Sunday 6:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Menu: Embers Menu

Call to Order: (318)2094111
Drive Thru Only Address: 1011 West Court Street, Winnfield, Louisiana
Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Menu: Chaddy Shack Menu

Call to Order: (318)6283822
Pick Up Only Address:1601 East Lafayette Street, Winnfield, LA 71483
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Menu: Grantadams Menu

Call to Order: (318)2094535
Pick Up Only Address: 1202 E Lafayette Street, Winnfield, Louisiana
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Menu: RAF’s Menu

Call to Order Drive Thru Pick Up of Delivery: (318)628-4137
Drive Thru Only Address: 908 W Court Street, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Menu: Pizza Hut Menu

Closed until after Stay at Home Order is lifted

Call to order curbside pick up: (318)3022777
Pick Up Only Address: 209 E Main Street, Winnfield, LA 71483
Hours: Monday and Thursday 7 AM – 4 PM

Call to Order Pick Up and Local Delivery: (318)6283560
Pick Up Only Address: 109 S Abel Street, Winnfield, Louisiana
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 Am – 2:00 PM
Menu: Pea Patch Cafe Menu

Call to Order Pick Up or Local Delivery ($5 charge): (318)6480324
Pick Up Only Address: 520 Thomas Mill Rd, Winnfield, LA 71483
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Call to Order Pick Up: (318) 628-3719
Pick Up Only Address: 423 W Court St, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Call to Order Pick Up: (318) 628-6386
Pick Up Only Address: 7094 Highway 84, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483 
Hours: Thursday & Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Call to Order Pick Up: (318) 628-4322
Pick Up Only Address: 1004 E Lafayette St, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM & Sunday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Call to Order Pick Up, Delivery for elderly and local businesses: (318) 628-1402
Pick Up Only Address: 1208 E Lafayette St, Winnfield, Louisiana
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Call to Order Pick Up and Delivery: (318) 628-1332
Pick Up Only Address: 204 W Main St, Winnfield, Louisiana
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Closed Tuesday)
Menu: Country Kettle Menu

Winn Parish – COVID-19 Closures: The List

The following have been either Closed, Delayed, Restricted, Postponed or Cancelled:

April 4, 2020 Louisiana Elections – Postponed to June 20, 2020
No Early Voting at the Courthouse in March!

Winn Parish School – Closed until April 13th
Pre-School Roundup – Postponed to a later date not set yet
CLTCC Huey P. Long Campus – Classed canceled until March 30th (many classes will resume online)

Uncle Earl Hog Dog Trials – Postponed until October
Rotary Club of Winnfield Wednesday Meeting – Canceled until further notice
Louisiana Forest Festival Pageant – Postponed to April 18th
Pilot Club – Canceled until further notice
Kiwanis – All March and April meetings canceled
Lions Club – Virtual Meetings until 1st of May

All Hours Fitness – Closed
Walmart – Restricted hours 7 AM – 8:30 PM

Winn Ranger Station – Restricted (call office for passes or other needs)
Winn Parish 4-H Office  – Closed (all training’s and practices canceled)
City of Winnfield Utility Office – Restricted (payments only through drop-box and online bill pay)
Winn Parish Library (all branches) – All programs and community outreach programs canceled until further notice
City of Winnfield City Hall – Closed to walk in traffic – tax payments accepted through drop box and customers assisted over the phone.
Department of Motor Vehicles – Closed
Winn Parish Clerk of Court – Restricted – limited number of people in office at one time.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services – Office closed to visitors. Customer service provided by phone, email and online.
City of Winnfield Court – Closed
City of Winnfield Clerk of Court – Restricted – Call the Clerk’s office for appointment.

First United Methodist Church – Services Canceled for March 22 & 29
First Baptist Church – All services and activities canceled until further notice
First Baptist Church Daycare – Closed until further notice
First United Methodist Church Kid’s World – Closed until further notice
Bethlehem Baptist Church – Closed until further notice (Live broadcast of service Sunday at 11 AM) 
Sanders Chapel United Methodist Church – Services canceled for March 22 & 29
Couley Methodist Church – Services canceled for March 22 & 29
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Services canceled until further notice
Laurel Heights Baptist Church – Sunday service canceled until further notice (Wednesday night service will still be held)
East Winnfield Baptist Church –  Services canceled until further notice

Scentsational-Scents-by Jennifer – Closed until April 1, 2020 or further notice. Will accept phone orders for family sympathy pieces.

 

To add or change any item to the list, please email the information
to WPJ Email

WPSB Provides Academic Resources to Parents

All Subjects: (If your teacher uses Google Classroom please check that for
other resources.)
https://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/covid-19
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
weareteachers.com
https://www.funbrain.com/
https://www.activelylearn.com/
https://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/
https://www.ixl.com/
https://www.timeforkids.com/
https://www.si.edu/kids
https://www.brainpop.com/ Username: Winn2020 Password: Covid19
https://jr.brainpop.com/ Username: Winn2020 Password: Covid19

Scholastic Free Resources:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6rzu1pxpcvvpc47/FREE%20VIRTUAL%
20LEARNING%20RESOURCES%20PROVIDED%20BY%20SCHOLASTIC.pdf?
dl=0

Content Specific Resources
Curriculum/Grade Band                                     Guidance Information

Math:
Great Minds-Eureka (K-12)                                       greatminds.org
Zearn (K-5) contact teacher for code                   zearn.org
Khan Academy—Eureka Math (3-12)                   Khanacademy.org

ELA
Reading rockets                                                       Readingrockets.org
LA Reading Association                                          lareading.org
Common Lit                                                              Commontlit.org
Read Works                                                               Readworks.org
Read Write Think                                                     Readwritetthink.org
Khan Academy                                                          Khanacademy.org
Storyline Online                                                       storylineonline.net

Science
Studies Weekly                                                          studiesweekly.com
Great Minds PhD Science (3-5)                              http://bit.ly/2U1wfSL
Mystery Science (K-5)                                              mysteryscience.com
Teach Chemistry (6-12)                                            teachchemistry.org
OpenSciEd (6-8)                                                        openscied.org
OpenSciEd Youtube channel (6-8)                        OpenSciEdYoutubeChennel                  
Social Studies
Studies Weekly                                                        studiesweekly.com
History for Kids                                                      historyforkids.net

ACT Prep
March to Success                                                    march2success.com
ACT Academy                                                          academy.act.org

Early Childhood
ABC Mouse—use code AOFLUNICEF                  abcmouse.com
Vroom                                                                                 vroom.org


Videos and Text should be monitored by parents. All materials have not been screened.

CLTCC Reschedules Spring Break to March 23-27 as Part of COVID-19 Response

As we all do our part in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to thank and commend everyone for your efforts in working towards a safer environment. Our primary focus is continuing high-quality instruction and services to CLTCC Students and Stakeholders across Central Louisiana. In addition, CLTCC and I extend our heartfelt sentiments that you and yours remain in good stead during this season.

We are establishing new measures to do our part in ‘flattening the curve’ on trends associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Beginning March 19, 2020, all CLTCC Campus facilities are closed through Spring Break (March 27) when we will continue to evaluate the status of phasing in on-site services.

We are making the following adjustments:

  • We’ve moved Spring Break to next week so Students can adjust to the sweeping changes, including tending to loved ones.
  • All CLTCC Employees are working remotely and are preparing for instruction when Students “return” via online delivery (March 30).
  • We remain accessible through phone calls, e-mails, online classrooms, and social media.

Again, our mission is serving students by empowering our Faculty and Staff. We will continue to work remotely to best serve you. Thank you very much for your support and leadership during this season. To contact us please e-mail us at info@cltcc.edu or call us at (800) 278-9855. If you know the e-mail or contact number for the CLTCC employee you are needing to reach, please feel welcome to contact them directly. For further updates, please follow our social media or access the latest updates online at http://www.CLTCC.edu.

Thank you,
James R. ‘Jimmy’ Sawtelle III

Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible For COVID-19 Business Aid

BATON ROUGE — Yesterday, March 19, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that small businesses in all 64 Louisiana parishes will have access to federal Small Business Administration disaster aid in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza confirmed that Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small business are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans, which will be made available to eligible firms suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.

“COVID-19 is a unique crisis affecting all walks of life, and that means Louisiana’s small business community will continue to be heavily impacted by disruptions to their operations,” Gov. Edwards said. “We are pleased to work with SBA and the federal government in providing this critical working capital to our small business owners who are suffering from the necessary measures installed due to the Coronavirus. Our hope is that these SBA disaster loans will be an important part of sustaining their businesses and providing support to their employees who make up over half of Louisiana’s private-sector workforce.”

Impacted small businesses may apply for up to $2 million in working capital to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the COVID-19 disaster. Loan terms (3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses; 2.75 percent for nonprofits) may be extended up to 30 years to keep payments affordable.

To get started immediately, visit SBA.gov/Disaster. SBA offers a three-step process for disaster loans explained here.

Louisiana Economic Development also is offering COVID-19: Business Resources, an online guide to assistance available for impacted businesses. Look for updates to the guide at OpportunityLouisiana.com.

“LED continues to monitor business conditions throughout Louisiana and we are identifying every possible avenue of support for our businesses, large and small, so that we can help them navigate the unique challenges of COVID-19,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “We are grateful to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Gov. Edwards for securing this critical SBA disaster assistance as an important part of our recovery and sustainability efforts.”