Notice of Death – April 7, 2020

Please note that the State Law limits number of people during the visitation period and attendance at the service to ten (10) or less and that social distancing be observed! This must be strictly enforced! Thank you in advance for your cooperation. It is designed for the safety of the family, our staff and the general public.

Rodney Richard
April 1, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Mary Isaac
March 31, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Florida Mae Brown
September 2, 1944 – March 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Linda Lou Hardy
November 5, 1949 – April 5, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Blanche Procell
June 10, 1923 – April 6, 2020
Arrangements TBA


Parish Curfew Enacted – Effective TONIGHT

Natchitoches Parish continues to work together as a team to fight COVID-19. It is important that each of us do our part: Stay-at-Home – Stay 6ft apart from others – No groups of 10 or more people.

In support of ’staying-at-home’ Natchitoches Parish leaders, President John Richmond, Sheriff Victor Jones, and Mayor Lee Posey have issued a curfew from 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM each day until further notice. No vehicular or pedestrian traffic is allowed except for emergency events or the operation of an essential business.

During the daytime hours, we strongly encourage staying at home and following the guidelines to remain socially distant.

Just like you, we all want to return to our normal lives as soon as possible.

That’s why it is so important for each of us to work together to defeat COVID-19.

SWEPCO Business: Suspends disconnects during the COVID-19 event

SWEPCO is committed to the health and safety of our customers, communities, and employees. We know businesses are hurting from the effects of the COVID-19 virus, and we want to help. We have suspended disconnects during the event to help customers weather this storm, and we have made plans to ensure we can continue to serve customers.

Many businesses may already be aware of the help that was recently made available to you, but we wanted to make sure all of our customers know of the federal assistance available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support our business customers, we’ve compiled available resources that may help you determine what is available to you and the steps you can take as a business owner to access this help. We realize it can be difficult to know where to find reliable information, and we hope you will find these resources helpful. Details are on our website.

To be clear, we are not the experts regarding these programs, but the information and contacts for assistance are available at the link below.


LDH Updates for 4/6/2020; Natchitoches: 22 Cases

The Louisiana Department of Health has updated its website to reflect the latest number of COVID-19 positives and will continue to update its website at noon each day.

As of noon on April 6, the Department reported 1,857 additional cases since yesterday, bringing the total to 14,867 positive cases.

A total of 1,809 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 563 patients require ventilation. Information on available hospital beds, ICU beds, and hospital vents is on the LDH dashboard.

The Department reports an additional 35 deaths since yesterday, bringing the total to 512 deaths. Deaths are listed on the LDH dashboard by parish under the by parish tab and information by age can be found on the by age tab. Today, additional information was added to the LDH website to share a breakdown of deaths by race and underlying conditions by percentage.

Long-term care facilities
COVID-19 cases have been reported by 70 nursing homes in Louisiana. For context, there are a total of 436 nursing homes and adult residential care facilities in Louisiana. Within nursing homes, 363 patients have been reported to have COVID-19; among nursing home residents 103 deaths have been reported. These facilities care for thousands of Louisianans, including older people and those with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk for complications and death from COVID-19.

In many cases, a nursing home resident is tested and diagnosed with COVID-19 by a provider outside of the long-term care facility. The facilities have begun self-reporting positive cases to the Department of Health. Due to the volume, the Department is no longer listing individual facilities. The Department continues to work with facilities to minimize the spread of the illness and protect residents and staff. Facilities have been given guidance to minimize the spread of illness.

The Department will update the number of nursing homes with COVID-19 cases, the number of nursing home residents who are confirmed to have COVID-19 and the number of deaths among these residents on Mondays and Wednesdays.

About the Louisiana Department of Health

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. The Louisiana Department of Health includes the Office of Public Health, Office of Aging & Adult Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, and Healthy Louisiana (Medicaid). 


Today the Louisiana Supreme Court, in accordance with declarations by Governor John Bel Edwards and President Donald Trump, released two Orders in its continuing effort to reduce the number of new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by citizens, including judges and court staff. Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson said, “It is the Court’s responsibility to remain steadfast staving off newly contracted cases of the Coronavirus. In doing so, we yield to reasonable alternative methods to adhere to the constitutional rights of all citizens; both litigants and court staff to provide due process in an environment of safety to the public health of all.”

The first Order repeals and replaces the Supreme Court’s March 16, 2020, March 20, 2020 and March 23, 2020 Orders and advises on court proceedings and reads as follows:

Acting under the authority of Article V, Section 1 of Constitution of 1974, and the inherent power of this Court, and considering the continuing spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards’ declaration of public health emergencies in Proclamation Numbers 25 JBE 2020, 27 JBE 2020, 30 JBE 2020, 33 JBE 2020, and 41 JBE 2020, President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on March 13, 2020, the Orders of this Court dated March 16, March 20, and March 23, 2020, and in consideration of ongoing public health recommendations to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus and slowing the spread of the disease while balancing the need to protect the constitutional rights and public safety of the citizens of the state by maintaining access to Louisiana courts,


1. Prior Orders: This Order shall repeal and replace the Orders of this Court dated March 16, March 20, and March 23, 2020;

2. Jury Trials: All jury trials, both civil and criminal, scheduled to commence in any Louisiana state court between the date of this Order and May 1, 2020, are hereby continued to a date to be reset by local order no earlier than May 4, 2020.

3. In-person emergency matters only: Until at least May 4, 2020, courts may only conduct in-person proceedings to address emergency matters that cannot be resolved virtually. Courts must continue to take measures to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces, with absolute minimum physical contact, to practice social distancing and limit in- person court activity to only the emergency matters set forth in sections 4 and 5 below. As this situation is constantly changing, courts are further instructed to follow all guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control, the President and the Governor, and to further limit access to courtroom and other spaces to the maximum number of people set forth in any future guideline or official proclamation that may be issued. All emergency matters should be conducted with the use of video and telephone conferencing whenever possible. Any court lacking the technological capabilities to implement this mandate shall notify the Judicial Administrator of the Louisiana Supreme Court so that accommodations can be made.

4. Criminal Matters: In criminal matters, the following matters are deemed emergency matters for purposes of section 3 above: criminal initial appearances for adults and juveniles, arraignments for incarcerated individuals, bond hearings, criminal protective orders and other emergency matters necessary to protect the health, safety and liberty of individuals as determined by each court.

5. Civil Matters: In civil matters, the following matters are deemed emergency matters for purposes of section 3 above: civil protective orders, child in need of care proceedings, emergency child custody matters, proceedings for children removed from their home by emergency court order, proceedings related to emergency interdictions and mental health orders, temporary restraining orders and injunctions, and matters of public health related to this crisis and other emergency matters necessary to protect the health, safety and liberty of individuals as determined by each court.

6. Remote Proceedings: This Order expressly does not prohibit any court proceedings by telephone, video, teleconferencing, or any other means that do not involve in-person contact with consent of all parties and the judge. This Order does not affect courts’ consideration of matters that can be resolved without in-person proceedings. This authority does not extend to any matters suspended by executive action by the Governor, including but not limited to evictions.

7. Speedy Trial Computations: Given the public health concerns and the necessity of taking action to slow the spread of the disease, the continuances occasioned by this Order serve the ends of justice and outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial. Therefore, the time periods of such continuance shall be excluded from speedy trial computations pursuant to law, including but not limited to those set forth in the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure and the Louisiana Children’s Code, and presumptively constitute just cause.

8. Clerk’s Offices: Courts should work with parish clerks to encourage in-person filings of court pleadings to be replaced with filing by other means, such as U.S. mail, e- filing, email or facsimile. In all criminal, juvenile and civil matters handled on an emergency or expedited basis, a record shall be kept under the direction of the acting judge for each action.

The second Order amends a March 20, 2020 Louisiana Supreme Court Order regarding filing deadlines with the state’s high court, and states, “All filings which were or are due to this Court between Thursday, March 12, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020 shall be considered timely if filed no later than Monday, May 4, 2020. Parties who are unable to meet this deadline due to the COVID-19 emergency may submit motions for extensions of time, supported by appropriate documentation and argument.”

In response to the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Supreme Court is posting Orders and information from Louisiana’s courts on its website, and We ask and encourage all who are seeking information on Louisiana courts and the COVID-19 pandemic to visit the Supreme Court’s website for information.

NSU WRAC offering online exercise classes to help quarantiners stay fit

NSU – Northwestern State University’s Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center is continuing to offer live group exercise classes through WebEx during the mandated closures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Classes in kickboxing, cardio, yoga, barre and more are scheduled each week and can be streamed through a laptop, computer of smart device.

“The schedule changes week to week, but once one gets on board, they will see these changes and be able to connect with all of these classes daily during each week,” said Patric Dubois, WRAC director.

To access from a laptop or computer, use the link provided on the NSULA WRAC Facebook page or nsulafitness on Instagram, join the meeting using your browser or download the WebEx app for your laptop/computer. Enter your information (name and email) or sign in if you have an account already.

If using a smart device such as a cellphone, tablet or iPad, go to or download the app on your smart device. Click “Join a Meeting” and use the meeting number and password in the spaces provided

People who are not on social media can email Kaitlyn Hamm at to be added to the email list to receive links, meeting numbers and passwords.

“It is something nice people can enjoy that NSU can provide to them,” Dubois said.

Vice Pres. Pence Confirms Louisiana to Receive More Ventilators from the Federal Strategic National Stockpile

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on April 4 that Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Louisiana will receive an additional 200 ventilators from the federal Strategic National Stockpile in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With this commitment, Louisiana will have received a total of 350 ventilators from SNS. They are expected to arrive soon.

Today’s reported positive cases and deaths:

Cases: 12, 496 ( an increase of 2,199 since yesterday)

Deaths: 409 (an increase of 39 since yesterday)

“We are grateful to both President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence for keeping Louisiana at the forefront of this fight against COVID-19 and appreciate them understanding the necessity of these ventilators for the survival of our people, especially in light of today’s sobering numbers. I spoke to the Vice President this morning and reiterated Louisiana’s ongoing needs,” said Gov. Edwards. “Based on our modeling, we know that we will exceed our capacity to deliver health care to those who need it, first in the New Orleans area, but because of these ventilators and others that we are sourcing around the world, we will be able to prolong that inevitable day and have fewer people go with unmet medical needs.

“However, the degree to which we are able to prevent overwhelming our hospitals depends on people’s compliance of the Stay at Home Order and other mitigation measures,” Gov. Edwards said. “We know that social distancing efforts work and will in fact flatten the curve. I am imploring all of our people to stay home, slow the spread and save lives.”

In addition to the ventilators, Louisiana is getting several hundred thousand surgical gowns for the medical community in the Greater New Orleans area.

To date, Louisiana has received a total of 553 ventilators. The first shipment from SNS of 150 ventilators was announced on March 30 and arrived days later. Click here.

150 – SNS (an additional 200 ventilators are expected soon)
400 – Private vendors
3 – Louisiana National Guard

Visit to view the dashboard with the latest numbers and information.

One Night at the Hacienda

By Brad Dison

At about 2:30 a.m. on December 11, 1964, the Los Angeles Police Department received a call from a hysterical 22-year-old Elisa Boyer. She told the police dispatcher that she had been at a party and had decided to leave. A man she had conversed with during the night generously offered to give her a ride home and she accepted. Rather than taking her home, however, he drove her to the Hacienda Motel. Elisa told the dispatcher that the man held her against her will. Once in the hotel room, the man removed his clothing and began “to rip my clothes off.” At one point, the naked man went into the bathroom. Elisa saw this as her opportunity to escape. She grabbed her clothing and, in the process, inadvertently grabbed his pants, underwear, shirt, and socks. She ran from the hotel room to the manager’s office-apartment. She banged on the door but the manager failed to open it. Fearing that the man would chase after her, she fled to a nearby telephone booth and called the police.

When the naked man exited the bathroom, he realized the woman had left. He flew into a rage. He put on the only clothing that Elisa had not taken with her, his shoes and a sport coat. He ran from the motel room to the manager’s office-apartment and banged on the door. Inside the apartment, 55-year-old Bertha Franklin armed herself with a .22 caliber pistol. When Mrs. Franklin failed to open the door, he kicked it in. The man yelled “You got my girl in there!” A confused Mrs. Franklin tried to explain that his “girl,” whoever she was, was not in her apartment. The man attacked Mrs. Franklin and punched her twice. Mrs. Franklin raised her pistol and fired three shots, one of which struck the man in the chest. Mrs. Franklin and the man scuffled over the gun, which fell from Mrs. Franklin’s hand. The man grew weaker as a result of the gunshot wound. Mrs. Franklin broke free and picked up the nearest object she could find. The man charged toward Mrs. Franklin, and she struck him several times in the face and head with her broom handle. The man collapsed from loss of blood. Policemen located Elisa hiding in a telephone booth near the hotel, and located the man’s lifeless body in Mrs. Franklin’s apartment. Officers questioned both women at length and released them.

Five days later, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office held an inquest to determine whether or not the shooting was justified. Elisa and Mrs. Franklin took and passed lie detector tests. Seven jurors heard from both witnesses. Elisa described the events to the jurors and testified that she feared the man intended to rape her. Mrs. Franklin described the events just as she had to the police on the night of the shooting. After just fifteen minutes of deliberation, the jury concluded that the homicide was justifiable. Mrs. Franklin, they agreed, had acted in self-defense. The man she shot was famous for hit songs including “You Send Me,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Chain Gang,” “Wonderful World,” “Cupid,” “Twistin’ the Night Away,” and “Bring It On Home To Me.” His name was Sam Cooke.

The Los Angeles Times, December 12, 1964, p.4.
New York Daily News, December 12, 1964, p.4.
The San Francisco Examiner, December 12, 1964, p.5.
Santa Maria Times, December 16, 1964, p.24.
New York Daily News, December 17, 1964, p.779.
The San Francisco Examiner, December 17, 1964, p.17.

TIMELINE: Trying to understand Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19)

By Gary McCollum

What are your chances of dying if you get infected by COVID 19? Despite information pouring in from many countries, they are still just estimating. No one has firm facts or figures. It has been reported that people suffering heart attacks may be included into the counts as well as others with co-morbidities (underlying health issues).

The risk depends on your age, sex, health and the care you receive and equipment available. In the United Kingdom (as of April 2, 2020 they had lost 2,921 people out of 33,718 “confirmed cases.” Roughly that equates to about 9 percent. Italy has approximately 12 percent although Germany is roughly 1 percent.

These figures and models don’t tell us what we really want to know: How many of people infected will die as a result of the infection? This is known as the infection mortality rate (also, Crude Case fatality Rates).

There are many unconfirmed cases of people that are currently asymptomatic, thus not meeting the threshold to be tested. There are many people who have already had the virus and have gotten over it. We aren’t testing the entire nation; therefore, we may overestimate the actual mortality rate. The more tests given, the more positive results we will see. As of this writing there are 1,379,825 confirmed COVID cases, 73,839 deaths and 277,640 recovered.

Our best defense is to continue to social distance. Stay at home, stay safe. Wash your hands frequently and wear some type of mask while out in public. Pray.

Here is a basic timeline of events I’ve tried to put together to make some sense of the event that shut down so much of the world.

God Bless our first responders, health care workers (including my wife), the grocery store employees and truck drivers. Thank you all for everything you do to make our lives a little better.

Dec. 10: Wei Guixian, one of the earliest known coronavirus patients, starts feeling ill

Dec. 16: Patient admitted to Wuhan Central Hospital with infection in both lungs but resistant to anti-flu drugs. Staff later learned he worked at a wildlife market connected to the outbreak.

Dec. 27: Wuhan health officials are told that a new coronavirus is causing the illness.

Dec. 30:  Ai Fen, a top director at Wuhan Central Hospital, posts information on WeChat about the new virus. She was reprimanded for doing so and told not to spread information about it.
Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang also shares information on WeChat about the new SARS-like virus. He is called in for questioning shortly afterward.
Wuhan health commission notifies hospitals of a “pneumonia of unclear cause” and orders them to report any related information.

Dec. 31:  Wuhan health officials confirm 27 cases of illness and close a market they think is related to the virus’ spread.
China tells the World Health Organization’s China office about the cases of an unknown illness.
WTI (West Texas Intermediate) oil was trading at $63.85 per barrel. A good price, fuel prices were reasonable. T
he Stock Market was booming. The USA economy had NEVER been better.

Jan. 1: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat.

An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission orders labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples.

Jan. 2:
Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus’ complete genetic information. This information is not made public for a full week, until Jan. 9.

Jan. 7: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launches its Coronavirus Incident Management System. Xi Jinping becomes involved in the response.

Jan. 9: China announces it has mapped the coronavirus genome. (1 week after it had.)

Jan. 11–17: China reports the first coronavirus death. Important prescheduled CCP meeting held in Wuhan. During that time, the Wuhan Health Commission insists there are no new cases.

Jan. 13: First coronavirus case reported in Thailand, the first known case outside China.

Jan. 14: WHO announces Chinese authorities have seen “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.”

Jan. 15: The patient who becomes the first confirmed U.S. case leaves Wuhan and arrives in the U.S., carrying the coronavirus.

Jan. 18:  The Wuhan Health Commission announces four new cases.
Annual Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a potluck.
Jan. 19: Beijing sends epidemiologists to Wuhan.

Jan. 20:  The first case announced in South Korea.
Zhong Nanshan, a top Chinese doctor who is helping to coordinate the coronavirus response, announces the virus can be passed between people.

Jan. 21: 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the first coronavirus case in the United States.
CCP flagship newspaper People’s Daily mentions the coronavirus epidemic and Xi’s actions to fight it for the first time.

Jan. 23:  Wuhan and three other cities are put on lockdown.
Right around this time, approximately 5 million people leave the city without being screened for the illness.

Jan. 24–30:  China celebrates the Lunar New Year holiday. Hundreds of millions of people are in transit around the country as they visit relatives.
U.S. state public health officials on both coasts claim there is no issue and encourage participation in Chinese New Year celebrations throughout the U.S. Denver cancels it’s festival.

Jan. 24:
China extends the lockdown to cover 36 million people and starts to rapidly build a new hospital in Wuhan.
From this point, very strict measures continue to be implemented around the country for the rest of the epidemic.
Jan. 27: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar leads the first daily meeting of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Jan. 29: President Trump chairs his task force and then identifies its members. Among them: Azar, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci, an internationally recognized immunologist, has led the institute since 1984 under Democratic and Republican presidents

Jan. 30:  The World Health Organization proclaims the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States

Jan. 31:  Azar declares “a public health emergency in the United States.”
US President Donald J. Trump announced that foreign nationals who had traveled to China in the past 14 days would be denied entry into the United States.

Biden denounces this “hysterical xenophobia.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calls this “just an excuse to further his [Trump’s] ongoing war against immigrants.”  At the time, the virus — which originated in the Wuhan province — had begun to spread throughout the communist nation with little or no control.

Feb. 5:  As expected for months, the Senate acquits Trump on two articles of impeachment, finally derailing a Democratic-built effort to overturn the 2016 election that distracted America while this pandemic incubated.
Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping confer by phone. Trump promises $100 million to help China and other coronavirus-plagued nations.
The CDC ships coronavirus test kits to some 100 U.S. laboratories.
Feb. 11: The WHO brands COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

Feb. 22-24: The CDC discourages travel to and from Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

Feb. 25:  Mardi Gras and thousands have converged on New Orleans and many other southern communities to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday—the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent
There are no Social distancing recommendations by state, city officials.

Feb. 26:  Trump assigns Vice President Mike Pence to spearhead anti-COVID-19 efforts.  CNN attacks the “lack of diversity” in the Coronavirus Task Force

Feb. 29:  Fauci later praises Trump’s “original decision” restricting entry into the U.S. He tells journalists on “If we had not done that, we would have had many, many more cases right here that we would have to be dealing with.”

The Food and Drug Administration frees health diagnostics companies LabCorp, Quest and others to develop coronavirus tests and liberates states to engage some 2,000 such laboratories.

WTI Oil prices are falling, prices on Feb 29th are $53.35

Stock Markets are falling, Investors were spooked by news about the spread of the coronavirus and fled to safe-haven assets.

The S&P 500 fell by 8.23 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped by 9.75 percent.

The Nasdaq Composite lost 6.27 percent.

Despite rising numbers in both coronavirus infections and fatalities, China refused offers of assistance from two of the foremost agencies on infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been offering to send a team of experts from its Epidemic Intelligence Service for more than a month to no avail. And the World Health Organization has also met resistance to travel to Wuhan, where the outbreak started

Bloomberg news, who first cited the news, stated that three U.S. intelligence officers said they alerted the White House last week to Beijing’s misleading numbers. Two of the three called the numbers flat-out fake.

March 3: President Trump donated his $100,000 quarterly salary to the Department of Health and Human Services to bolster its war on COVID-19.

March 4:  Trump meets with health insurance company leaders. They agree to cost-free COVID-19 tests.

The Coronavirus Task Force urges nursing homes to limit family visits to shield at-risk seniors from the virus.

March 5:  Oil prices are down more than 20% since the start of the year as the economic impact of the coronavirus saps oil demand.

Saudi and Russia meet to discuss cutting the global supply of oil to aid in propping up prices.

“OPEC +” dissolves as Russia makes a bid to increase it’s market share, in response Riyadh increased it’s production, causing oil prices to plummet.

March 6: Trump signs legislation providing $8.3 billion to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

March 9: On March 9, the state’s first presumptive case of coronavirus was reported in New Orleans.

March 11:  Trump restricts arrivals from Europe, which reels beneath this disease.

The impact of cancelling transatlantic flights between the US and Europe is a direct loss of about 600,000 barrels per day per month in jet fuel demand.
Faced with concerns and uncertainties over COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the impact on its games, its business and its extended family of players, coaches and fans, the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season Wednesday until further notice

March 12:  Oil prices drop as much as 8% as crude continues to take a hit on both the supply and demand side.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude is now down more than 25% this week, putting it on track for its worst week since December 2008, and its third largest weekly decline on record.

On Thursday WTI fell $1.48, or 4.49%, to settle at $31.50 per barrel. Earlier in the session it traded as low as $30.02.

International benchmark Brent crude fell $2.51, or 7%, to trade at $33.31 per barrel.

Oil companies begin shutting down drilling operations and laying off thousands of people.

The stock market follows suit with additional selloffs as investors seek safe havens.

March 13:  Trump declares a national emergency, unleashes $42 billion, waives student loan interest, deregulates to promote telemedicine, allows doctors to practice across state lines, and approves rules changes to make it easier for hospitals to hire new physicians.

Trump meets with Costco, Walmart and other private retailers. They soon launch drive-through COVID-19 tests.

The FDA lets Roche and Thermo Fisher produce COVID-19 tests.

Governor Edwards issued an order prohibiting gathering of more than 250 people, and the closure of all K-12 public schools from March 16 to April 13

March 15: Trump confers with grocers, who agree to stay open.

March 16: Phase 1 clinical trials begin on the first COVID-19 vaccine candidate, just 64 days after China isolated its genome on Jan. 12. “This is record time for the development of a vaccine,” says FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, resulting from “an impressive public/private partnership.”

March 17: “I spoke to the president this morning, again. He is ready, willing, and able to help,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., said March 17. “His team is on it. They have been responsive late at night, early in the morning. And thus far, they have been doing everything that they can do, and I want to say thank you, and I want to say that I appreciate it.”

March 18:  Trump signs financial relief for COVID-19’s economic casualties.
This bill’s liability protection emboldens 3M, Honeywell, and others to market N95 industrial masks for medical use.
Trump presses Navy hospital ships Comfort and Mercy into action.
March 19: Trump announces that Carnival Cruise Lines has offered to allow idled cruise ships to be used as hospitals.

March 20:  Trump postpones Tax Day from April 15 to July 15, for filing and payment.

Trump suspended foreclosures on Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages, proposed sending payments to economically stressed families and individuals.

Trump triggers the Defense Production Act to require companies to manufacture indispensable supplies needed to vanquish COVID-19.
Trump and his colleagues’ labors finally have earned some of his harshest critics’ respect:

President Trump “is being the kind of leader that people need at least in tone … in times of crisis and uncertainty,” said CNN reporter Dana Bash.
“He said everything I could have hoped for,” Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., remarked about his discussions with Trump. “We had a very long conversation, and every single thing he said, they followed through on.”
“Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time,” said, via Twitter, none other than Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., usually one of Trump’s harshest critics.

March 22 – 26:  Governor Edwards announced a statewide stay-at-home order effective until April 12.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans that Archbishop Gregory Aymond had tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the Governor, there were 923 ventilators across the state, with slightly over 10% of them being used for coronavirus patients in the state.
Governor Edwards issued a request for a disaster declaration and federal aid in the state, projecting that New Orleans could exceed its hospital capacity by April 4.

March 26 – 27:  The total number of reported confirmed cases in the United States surpasses that of China with over 85,000 cases, making it the country with the highest number of coronavirus patients, in the world.
Congress passes a 2 Trillion-dollar Coronavirus Aid Package
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) expands a previous order requiring airline travelers from New York City to self-quarantine for fourteen days to include people who enter from Louisiana via Interstate 10

March 30 – April 4:  Spring break occurs throughout the nation.
Students travel to vacation resorts in Florida, Texas and Mexico.
44 Spring breakers in Austin Tx have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating.

Governor John Bell Edwards extends stay at home order until April 30th
New Orleans has a death rate from COVID-19 that is twice that of New York City and four times that in Seattle. Health officials say obesity, diabetes, and hypertension are to blame.

On April 4, an article stated that St. John the Baptist Parish had “the highest per capita coronavirus mortality rate in the nation
April 5:

Governor Greg Abbot (R) Texas, institutes Checkpoints to screen vehicles on all roads entering Texas from Louisiana as of Sunday, April 5, according to Louisiana State Police.

These checkpoints are designed to prevent people from the state of Louisiana from spreading the coronavirus in Texas.
Rest easy my friends. God is in control.

There are trained counselors available 24/7 for anyone feeling stressed about COVID-19. These are trained professionals and all calls are confidential. The number is 1-866-310-7977

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

Stay away from others: As much as possible, stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home.
Use a separate bathroom, if available.

See COVID-19 and Animals is you have questions about pets. html#COVID19animals

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.

If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

If you are sick wear a facemask in the following situations, if available.

If you are sick: You should wear a facemask, if available, when you are around other people (including before you enter a healthcare provider’s office).

If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then as their caregiver, you should wear a facemask when in the same room with them. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

Note: During a public health emergency, facemasks may be reserved for healthcare workers. You may need to improvise a facemask using a scarf or bandana.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.

Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.

Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.

Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.

If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.

Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.

Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found hereexternal icon.

Monitor your symptoms

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.

If you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call first.

Call your doctor or emergency room before going in and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.

Wear a facemask: If available, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, cover your coughs and sneezes. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.

Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

How to discontinue home isolation

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

If you will not have a test to determine if
you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is

three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND

at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)


other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)


you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances.

Notice of Death – April 6, 2020

Please note that the State Law limits number of people during the visitation period and attendance at the service to ten (10) or less and that social distancing be observed! This must be strictly enforced! Thank you in advance for your cooperation. It is designed for the safety of the family, our staff and the general public.

Mary Isaac
March 31, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Florida Mae Brown
September 2, 1944 – March 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA



Texas Institutes Checkpoints for COVID-19 Along the Texas/Louisiana Border

The Texas Department of Public Safety has instituted checkpoints at various points along the Louisiana/Texas border. As of 8:00 a.m. Sunday, April 5, this included the Texas end of the bridge over Toledo Bend linking the two states. There are also checkpoints along I-10, I-20 and other entry points. Texas law enforcement is also heavily patrolling the border area. As this is an extremely fluid, rapidly changing situation, the Natchitoches Parish Journal is providing links for our readers to get the latest information directly. The photographs for this article are from the checkpoint across from Sabine parish and were taken Sunday morning.

The Louisiana State Police Facebook Page – Click HERE

Texas Department of Public Safety:

State of Texas CO)VID-19 Information:

Louisiana Department Of Health COVID-19 Information:


NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches would like to notify the public during the pandemic of COVID-19 city buildings are restricted to access from the public and this includes the Utility Service Center where customers make utility payments. Although the lobby of the Utility Service Center remains closed to the public, our employees are still available to assist in collecting payments, new service connections, disconnections, and transfers.

The first two lanes of the drive thru are open for utility payments. The third lane of the drive thru is set up to assist those customers needing new service connection, disconnection or a transfer.

For faster service during this time, utility payments can be made in the following ways:

Credit card payments can be made via telephone (VISA and MasterCard ONLY)
Check payments can be put in the drop box located in the last drive thru lane

As always, the City offers online bill pay for our utility customers 24/7. To sign up for online bill pay, visit

For further information or questions regarding utility payments, please contact the Utility Service Center at (318)357-3830.