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Annual Dragon Boat Race Rescheduled for April 2021 September 23, 2020

Lake Charles, Louisiana – In the interest of public health and safety precautions for COVID-19, along with tremendous consideration for our local families and friends devastated by Hurricane Laura, the CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana Foundation has decided to postpone the 2020 Dragon Boat Race to Saturday, April 24, 2021.

This difficult decision was reached by CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana Leadership in collaboration with numerous local, regional and state officials as a precaution to protect our community in its entirety. At this time our top priorities are to limit the possibilities of potential Covid-19 transmission and to help rebuild our community due to the devastation caused by the Hurricane Laura aftermath,” said Cheyanna Glyenn, Children’s Miracle Network Director.

“We understand the importance of this event to the community, and after previously rescheduling this event earlier in the year, we did not come to this decision lightly. As a health care system, it is our Mission to extend His healing ministry, and in doing so – lead the way in being proactive to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Kay C. Barnett, CFRE, Executive Director of Development, CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation. “We look forward to continuing this tradition with the community next spring.”

Additionally, we suggest that everyone follow the CDC guidelines regarding prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19 and the flu. The best things anyone can do to prevent the spread of illness are:

  1. wash your hands well before eating, drinking or touching your face
  2. get your annual flu shot and
  3. get a pneumonia shot if you have not already and are above the age of 65 or have diabetes or other illnesses that affect your heart or lungs.

In addition, we advise anyone who may be ill with fever, cough, shortness of breath or have traveled to any region that has known community spread of COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider before visiting their office so they can be sure to provide you with the best care possible while doing everything we can to keep our community healthy.