In accordance with Governor John Bel Edwards’ latest executive order, and to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment has decreed that all nonessential Parish workers should stay home until further notice. Additional instructions will be forwarded regularly.
Ascension Parish DPW employees already are working on split, 7-day-on 7-day-off shifts. This decree extends that order to only essential emergency operations.
“We want our workers to be healthy and available for any emergency events, such as fallen trees across roads,” said Cointment. “We take these actions with great concern and caution, because the work of the people must proceed, but the health and safety of everyone is what is foremost in my thoughts.”
Ascension Parish employees who are able to work from home should continue to do so, and are reminded to check their emails and text messages regularly for instructions.
All private sector employees should check with their employers to learn whether they are considered essential, and to know their work expectations.
According to the Governor’s latest proclamation, you CAN:
- Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
- Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
- Care for or support a friend or family member
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
- Help someone to get necessary supplies
- Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
YOU SHOULD NOT:
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by the Order
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need, and then
- Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.
President Cointment pointed out that the Federal, State, and local taxing authorities have extended tax filing deadlines. Many questions can be answered by visiting the Governor’s website – www.gov.louisiana.gov – and Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaGov/.
Regular information updates can be found on the Parish Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AscensionGov/ – and on the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/apohsep/.
Residents also are encouraged to call the Citizens Service Center, 225-450-1200, to sign up for all of the emergency alerts on the Everbridge system.
President Cointment reminds everyone to take this situation seriously.
“Governor Edwards announced that Louisiana has the highest infection rate in the world,” said
Cointment. “Please help us to keep everyone safe by following the instructions that are being