DESOTO PARISH POLICE JURY
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC UPDATE
March 31, 2020
On March 11, 2020, the Governor of Louisiana issued the first of several Proclamations dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Since then, in less than 21 days, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury in compliance with the Governor's and the President's orders has identified its critical infrastructure, mission essential functions, and the mission essential workers necessary to maintain the critical infrastructure. Concurrently, 40 non-essential worker's positions were identified and these workers have been used to relieve the essential workers. Additionally, essential workers who can work from home have been doing so, in significant numbers.
Although the staff has been reduced by 30% the Police Jury continues to offer most of its services to the public. And while customers are encouraged to use our on-line services, customers who need additional help, such as accessibility assistance, will still find walk-up services available on a limited basis in the lobby of our buildings. However, the customers who choose to use walk-up services will be subject to screening to protect the public and our employees from COVID-19.
STATE OF LOUISIANA
GUBERNATORIAL PROCLAMATION # 33
STAY AT HOME ORDER
• 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 SHALL NOT
• Go to work unless you are providing essential services
• Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
• 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.
What is the difference between "Stay at Home" and "social distancing"?
Stay at home means:
• Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
• Only go out for essential services
• Stay six feet or more away from others
• Don't gather in groups
• It's a stricter form of social distancing