Coronavirus effects felt in Plaquemines
The Coronavirus hasn’t been detected in Plaquemines Parish as of March 13, but concern over its spread is being felt parish-wide.
Because the elderly are likely to suffer the greatest harm from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus, Riverbend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Belle Chasse has been closed to visitors since March 11 and staff are being screened every day before entry. The Plaquemines Council on Aging also announced March 13 that it will cease activities for the remainder of march, closing its senior centers in Belle Chasse, Port Sulphur, Boothville and Davant until April 1 at the earliest. PCOA Executive Director David Lewis said that meal deliveries to homebound seniors will continue.
At Plaquemines Schools one of the district’s largest annual events, the Special Olympics, had already been postponed before Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation closing all public schools in the state until April 13.
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