Officials hold joint conference to give COVID-19 update
Bossier Parish leaders held a news conference Thursday to discuss updates relating to COVID-19 in Bossier Parish.
During the press conference, leaders reassured residents that they are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and did confirm there are two cases in the parish.
“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,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.
“We recognize there are lots of questions about compliance with the governor’s proclamations, CDC and White House recommendations, and school-related concerns,” he added.
Whittington said that there are no plans for massive lockdowns or closing of interstates.
“I have had many texts and phone calls about this. There are no plans for massive lockdowns, no closing of interstates, no martial law, none of that,” Whittington said.
Whittington continued by saying he wants citizens to be prepared to possibly see an increase of local positive cases of COVID-19 as more testing is done.
“I just want everybody to be prepared. Just because the numbers are going up does not necessarily mean people are dropping out from the virus. That’s not the case,” Whittington said.
Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker complimented the community for recognizing the seriousness of this unprecedented situation with COVID-19.
“I do want to compliment the citizens of our community for recognizing how serious this is and complying with the recommendations from the governor’s proclamation and Centers of Disease Control,” said Walker.
Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey said more than 4,100 meals were served Thursday at its multiple feeding sites in the Parish.
Regarding graduation, Downey says they are aware and have submitted transcripts to the Department of Education.
However, due to COVID-19, they have yet to decide on what to do with commencements ceremonies.
“Nobody can predict the length that we will be impacted or the restrictions will be in place, and when they’ll be lifted,” Downey said.
He says they will continue to monitor the situation and give an update at a later date.