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Dr. Holcombe addresses coronavirus cases in Avoyelles Parish

“Wearing masks and social distancing are the new normal until there is a vaccine."
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 10:09 PM CDT
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MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - The Avoyelles Parish Police Jury got an update on the coronavirus within the parish on Wednesday, July 1.

Dr. David Holcombe from the Region 6 Office of Public Health confirmed that out of the approximate 5,000 tests that have been done, 341 cases have been reported - which is about a six percent positivity rate. Ninety-three percent of the cases are coming from the communities with the majority of those being in the 18 to 29-year-old age group.

The total number of deaths in the parish due to the coronavirus is at 14, and even though the mortality rate with young people is not as high as the older population, Holcombe says they are still transmitting the virus back to their parents, grandparents, and the rest of their community.

Holcombe is trying to warn everyone that even though many people are trying to get back to their normal lives, this pandemic is far from over.

“Wearing masks and social distancing are the new normal until there is a vaccine, and that’s a fact. So, we can accept the new normal, or we can live in delusion and wishful thinking and hope it away...and it will not work with a pandemic.”

Dr. David Holcombe

COVID-19 testing will continue next week in Avoyelles Parish. Testing sites will be at Cottonport Elementary on Monday, Mansura Town Hall on Wednesday and Marksville High School on Friday. Each site will be open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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