Bossier Parish leaders reassure COVID-19 containment

Bossier Parish leaders reassure COVID-19 containment
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington held a news conference is holding a press conference with Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey, City of Bossier City, and Bossier Parish Police Jury Thursday, March 19.

During the press conference, city leaders reassured residents of Bossier they are monitoring the coronavirus and did confirm there are two cases in the parish.

“These leaders have been on numerous conference calls about the COVID-19 virus,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “As you know, all of these agencies and entities, as well as the public in general, have taken preventive measures to stop the spread of this contagious virus. We recognize there are lots of questions about compliance with the governor’s proclamations, CDC and White House recommendations, and school-related concerns, and of course, how Bossier residents to come together and fight this virus together.”

Sheriff Julian Whittington says they are monitoring the jails and they do not plan on moving inmates anywhere.

They are checking sheriff’s and inmates’ temperatures in facilities. The Bossier Parish Jails are allowing one free phone call a week to inmates during this time.

Bossier Parish city hall is open, according to Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker.

He also says Chicot and Lake Bistineau State Parks will be used as a staging area for coronavirus testing.

The testing will give patients the chance to find almost instant results.

The state park will be unavailable to the public beginning Thursday, March 18. All other Louisiana State Parks are open and operating normally for the enjoyment of the public.

Bossier Parish schools Superintendent Mitch Downey also gave an update for graduation.

Downey says they are aware and have submitted transcripts to the Department of Education.

However, due to the coronavirus, they have yet to decide on what to do with commencements ceremonies. He says they will continue to monitor the situation and give an update at a later date.

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