Natchitoches Parish: COVID19 Notice to comply and avoid curfew


NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches would like to notify the public of several resources on a local and state level to stay up to date with the developments surrounding COVID-19 or if the public has any questions/concern during these unprecedented times.


The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is currently monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic on a state, but more importantly local level by posting daily updates to their website ( and facebook page ( Individuals with symptoms or concerns are advised to first contact their primary care provider. If they do not have a primary care provider then call NRMC at (318) 214-4267 for evaluation.


To prevent the spread of infection, the Louisiana Department of Health is heavily engaged in priority public health actions. These actions include, but are not limited to:

• working with healthcare facilities with presumptive patients to identify exposed healthcare workers and make appropriate recommendations;
• ensuring all recommended infection control precautions are implemented in the healthcare facilities until we determine that the patient is no longer infectious,
• notifying and monitoring close contacts;
• coordinating with CDC

The LDH is proactively addressing COVID-19 in the State of Louisiana and is providing the public with daily updates as they develop. Updates in the number of positive cases, test completed, and deaths reported are posted on the LDH website ( twice daily at 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


The Louisiana Region 7 Hospital Preparedness Coalition has provided the City of Natchitoches with information regarding COVID-19 Testing and Evaluation.


The Keep Calm Through COVID crisis phone line provides trained, compassionate counselors to support Louisianans through this difficult time. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with information and service coordination, linking callers to mental health and substance abuse counseling services. This service is available to the public at no charge. Call the Keep Calm Through COVID hotline at 1-866-310-7977 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. This line is for counseling only, and people calling for general information should call 211.


United Way of Northwest Louisiana fights for health, education, financial stability and essential needs. While the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis are not yet known, United Way continues to offer services in real-time to our community. Now, more than ever, these programs are a lifeline to those in need. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Specialists are available 24/7 to help you access the best local resources and services to address any need.
As more information becomes available on resources in our area, we will release those to the public.

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5 thoughts on “Natchitoches Parish: COVID19 Notice to comply and avoid curfew

  1. I thought there was already a curfew. I don’t know about the rest of you, but last weekend there were at least 2 house parties on my block. Cars filled driveways and the streets on both sides. Believe me, there were far more than 20 people at these parties, and I’m certain not one of them was standing 6 feet away from anybody else. I guess people in their teens, 20s and 30s think they can’t get sick with COVID 19. I bet some some of them are finding out this week and next week that they were wrong.

    I’m actually glad stores are closing earlier. If you can’t get your business done between the hours of 5 am and 9 pm maybe you should learn how to manage your time better. I used to get sick of seeing people bringing little kids to Walmart with them at 11:00 at night. I understand that people who work night shifts still have to grocery shop, go to the drugstore or bank, etc. But if you get off work when the sun comes up, between 6 in the morning and 9 at night, you still have 15 hours to sleep and run important errands.

    If it means the difference between waiting until 5 in the morning to get groceries or passing the virus on to people in your life that you love, what would a sensible person choose?

  2. I drove to the bank yesterday (drive through, of course, wearing gloves the entire time). I noticed groups of people chatting away on various streets, people moving into an apartment, people getting their cars detailed…. What on earth is wrong with people. We now know that the virus is airborne and simple conversations can lead to infection. My husband did our two-week grocery run and said so many people were not observing social distancing in the market and that some people actually had their children with them. As far as Fellow tax payer’s comment goes, it is not believed up to 25% of people can carry the virus and be asymptomatic. I have had not one cough or one degree of fever and I breathe just fine–but I could carry the virus. Why on earth can the police not patrol the streets and break up groups that don’t have the sense to stay in their homes and away from people? There’s a reason this state has the highest rate of infection, higher than many countries who have sustained large numbers of deaths. People are just so ridiculously ignorant here and engage in the kind of magical thinking that suggests the virus is “out there” rather than in our midst.

  3. What’s up with Walmart becoming an amusement park to take bored kids to get them out of the house. All day, everyday the parking lot at Walmart is full of cars. Families congregate there for something to do & socialize with others as a way to relieve their boredom. Comfort shopping?

  4. First off I do agree that citizens should follow guidelines set in place by our elected officials. But, by reducing the amount of hours that everyone has to take care of the business that every household has to take care of is going to cause more crowding. There are a set number of people that have to get certain things such as groceries, fuel, medication, banking, etc. with there being a set number of locations to accomplish these tasks. Does it really make sense to reduce the amount of time for the same number of people to accomplish their household business? By mandating that everyone bank, have prescriptions filled, purchase food and other needed items or other approved reasons for leaving home, during reduced hours it will cause larger crowds and more traffic on the roads during those approved hours.

    Does anyone really believe that there is a huge problem with people congregating closer than 6 feet after 9PM and before 5AM?

    If a curfew was going to be implemented during those hours it would make very little difference because that is not the problem times. Longer store hours would make more sense because it can spread out the shopping time and shoppers will not be as crowded. In fact by closing earlier it increases the opportunity for the virus to spread.

    A curfew is a really bad idea. It doesn’t make anyone more safe. It needs to have more thought put into it.

    How about investigating the chain of infection for those that have been confirmed to have COVID 19? Then everyone who could have been exposed should be tested. That would be a better use of our LE resources than a curfew and then prosecuting everyday citizens for taking care of their families needs.

    I may be alone in my thinking but I don’t think so.

    Fellow tax payer

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