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2020 Shamrocks and Champagne Gospel Brunch Postponed March 12, 2020

In the interest of public health and out of an abundance of caution, the CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana Foundation has decided to postpone the 2020 Shamrocks and Champagne Gospel Brunch until Fall 2020. Event organizers at the Foundation have been working closely with local, regional and state officials to evaluate the continually evolving situation.

This difficult decision was reached by CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana Leadership in collaboration with numerous local, regional and state experts officials as a precaution to protect our most vulnerable populations as steps to limit the possibility of potential COVID-19 transmission. The safety and well-being of the Lake Charles community is our top priority, and after careful consideration it’s clear this is the best course of action.

The Shamrocks and Champagne Gospel Brunch is a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition hosted by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Details on the rescheduled date will be released by the Foundation in coming months.

Additionally, though there have been no confirmed cases in the Lake Charles area, 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:

  • wash your hands well before eating, drinking or touching your face
  • get your annual flu shot and
  • 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 and cough or shortness of breath and have had travel 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.