OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - As the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in northeast Louisiana, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury is backing Governor John Bel Edward’s stay-at-home order.
“We ask everyone just to continue to do the things we’re asking you to do,” says Shane Smiley, OPPJ president. “Work with us on this. Be patient with us. We’ll all get through this together.”
Ed Hall says it’s important the state take action to stop the coronavirus before it spreads further.
“What we’d like to see is we’d like to see this virus go away, but that’s not going to happen,” Hall says. “I don’t see that we’ve got any other choice. I think it’s absolutely necessary. I don’t care for it but hey, we are where we are. I certainly don’t want to spread it, and I don’t want anybody spreading it to me.”
That’s something Sandy Davidson agrees with.
“It needs to happen. I just think that it would die down and everybody would be okay if everybody would stay home for two weeks,” Davidson says. “I don’t think it’s going to hurt anybody.”
Others believe some people won’t take the order seriously and will continue to go out and possibly put others at risk.
“That’s the reason that this extreme measure is having to be taken right now. It’s because everyone wasn’t cooperating with the voluntary quarantine,” Hall says.
Smiley hopes everyone will listen and cooperate now and not wait before it's too late. He says everyone plays a vital role in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“Stay home unless you absolutely have to be out,” Smiley says. He also reminds the public to continue to wash your hands as often as possible and limit all groups to less than 10 while practicing social distancing.
“Monitor you and your loved ones for signs and symptoms of the flu. Continue to pray for all of northeast Louisiana and we appreciate your help in this matter.”
The order takes effect starting Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m.
Click here to see the governor’s order.