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Don’t Forget to Mask Up: COVID-19 Concerns as Southwest Louisiana Recovers September 01, 2020

Lake Charles, Louisiana – With community testing suspended due to Hurricane Laura, health officials warn it is more important than ever to wear a mask and take every precaution to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.

“After recent statewide masking mandates and the Governor’s order to close bars, the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals across Southwest Louisiana had begun to decline,” said Timothy Haman, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana. “However, without regular testing and with people staying in close proximity to others, like staying with family or friends, there is an even greater risk of community spread.”

The Centers for Disease Control is directing residents to continue to follow preventive actions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, like washing your hands and wearing a mask during cleanup or when returning home.

“The people of this community have been hit hard, but they are strong and resilient,” said Dr. Haman. “As we work to rebuild our homes, our businesses and our lives, we must not forget about the coronavirus and the effect further spread could have at this time. It is crucial that we do everything we can to ensure that our recovery from this storm is successful, and that means wearing a mask and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”