Iberia Parish News:

Courthouse Building
300 Iberia Street, Suite 400
New Iberia, LA 70560-4543

Phone: 337-365-8246


For more information contact: Prescott Marshall

St. Martin Parish President, Chester Cedars, and I recently issued a Joint Press Release in an effort to highlight the severity of the medical crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area and across the state. I regret to inform you that since preparing that Press Release, the first COVID-19 related death has occurred in Iberia Parish. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends who have lost this loved one.

The coronavirus has now claimed 273 lives in Louisiana alone. This is a serious matter that requires your most serious attention. We can only stop the spread of this dangerous virus by diligently following the directives of the Governor's Executive Orders and the advice of our health care officials. It is up to each of us to do our part to stop the spread of this dangerous virus.

By practicing the following suggestions, we can protect our neighbors, friends and loved ones by more quickly and effectively stopping the spread ofCOVID-19.


Separate sick employees and send them home

Limit the number of persons in and around your business or establishment at any one time

Enforce social distancing requirements throughout the premises

Provide easily accessible sanitizer and disposable disinfectant wipes for customers

Routinely clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, shopping baskets and checkout stations or workstations

Require employees to frequently wash hands or use alcohol-based hand rubs

Encourage the use of curbside pickup or drive through service

Be innovative and protective of your staff and customers


If you are sick, respect your friends and neighbors, stay home

Stay home unless you are performing and essential activity such as those listed in

Executive Order No. 2020-33

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least

60% alcohol

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow

Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands

Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Clean and disinfect frequently touched solid surfaces daily, such as doorknobs, light switches, and phones

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