List of local coronavirus resources and effects

Published: Mar. 11, 2020 at 10:27 AM CDT
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Below you can find a list of News Channel 5's coverage of local coronavirus updates:


Also, visit the Related Links section of the page for more info.

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state will place restrictions on visiting nursing homes and prisons for 30 days.


The City of Alexandria has created a website with a list of more resources for local emergency response.


There will be a mandatory questionnaire before you can enter the jail. Staff will be taking temperatures of everyone in the jail and the staff. Visitation is still in place for now, as are work crews. The Rapides Parish Courthouse remains open for business until further notice.


All trials have been canceled until April 1.


Grant Parish has suspended volunteers from coming into the jail and suspended contact visits. They are taking extra measures inside of the facility.


"The courthouse answer would have to come from the Parish President We have been having daily briefings each day and updates from GOSHEP concerning the virus. We are closely monitoring updates and having a webinar with our OEP office at 10 am (Friday) morning with GOSHEP and inviting businesses in the parish to join in. Our jail has been updated daily as we continue to monitor the situation.

All NPSO employees have been notified of safe practices recommended by CDC by our HR Division."

The Natchitoches Parish Detention Center has suspended all on-site visitations for Natchitoches Parish inmates until further notice, in an effort to prevent the COVID-19 ( Coronavirus) from entering the facility according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

We are taking preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and inmates according to Sheriff Jones".

According to NPDC Major of Corrections Roger Henson, "It is imperative that we keep our facility healthy and safe from a potential outbreak within our facilities".

Major Henson also said at this time, only legal professionals and vendors will be allowed at the facility, however, they will have to go through a screening process before entering the detention center."

La. Department of Corrections and Louisiana Sheriff's Association were made aware of suspended jail visitations in Natchitoches Parish.

Smart Communications will still be available for inmates to receive messages and mail.

If you would like to send money to an inmate you can access TouchPay using the following options:

Toll-Free Phone



Information Required:

Inmate Name

Inmate ID#

There is a fee to use this service.

Sheriff Jones and Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright both confirmed the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Preparedness along with the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Parish Government, health care providers, law enforcement and emergency medical services are closely monitoring updates being provided by GOSHEP, the Louisiana Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the impact of COVID-19.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Natchitoches Parish. We stand prepared and ready to respond to any emergency with our local, state and federal partners in the event of an emergency, Jones said.

Natchitoches Parish Detention Center


Deputy Mary Jones

Assistant Director of Natchitoches OEP


In an effort to reduce and limit the spread of COVID-19, the LSP Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information will close the fingerprint office at LSP Headquarters in Baton Rouge until April 13, 2020. The office provides in-person fingerprinting services for criminal history background checks. During this period of closure, the Louisiana State Police will cooperate with providing fingerprint based background checks to boards, commissions, departments and licensing entities that are essential to responding to this declared public health emergency.


Due to the COVID-19 Virus, Progressive Funeral Home will be providing "Walk-Up or Drive Up Viewing" for bereaved families.

On Friday, April 3, 2020, viewing for Mr. Rudy Martin will be from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Glenn & Peggy Stewart

Progressive Funeral Home

2308 Broadway Ave.

Alexandria, LA 71302


River Oaks Board and Staff have decided to postpone the 20th Annual Men Who Cook Fundraiser. The event was initially slated for May 16.

Compton Park is closed.

Kees Park is closed.

Changes to the traditional schedule of the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office:

• The Civil Office will be closed to the public, there is a mail slot in the front door of the building for items to be dropped through. Any questions regarding the Civil Office function (sales tax, property tax, bonds, fines, etc.) should be directed to the Chief Civil Deputy, Tiffani Crain, at 627-2026 or Sales taxes can still be paid through the internet. Traffic tickets and property taxes can be paid through the internet using our website:

• The Detective’s building will be closed to the public, except by appointment only. Any issues regarding investigations should be directed to the Chief of Detectives, Brad Sudduth, at 627-2020 or

• The Criminal building will have very limited access. If you have questions regarding records, copies of reports, etc., please direct them to Deputy Lisa Davidson at 627-2009 or

• Any issues with 911 permits, address changes or sex offender registry should be directed to Deputy Eric Carter at 627-2021 or

• The Detention Center will not be open to the public. If you would like to deposit money into the account of an inmate, a kiosk is available in the lobby of the Criminal Building at 220 Cedar Street (brown brick building behind the courthouse). Outside items will not be allowed to be brought into the Detention Center for the inmates.


The Three Dog Night concert scheduled for April 10 at the Rapides Parish Coliseum has been postponed in order to comply with the Governor's proclamation concerning public gatherings. We will announce the new date as soon as possible, and tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date.

Rapides Island Water: Effective 3/24/2020, due to Covid-19 Restrictions, we are closing the office to the public for the safety of our staff and customers. Please visit our Bill Payment Options page. We can be reached by phone during normal business hours.

The Alexandria Mall will be closed to the public effective 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, pursuant to Proclamation Number 33 JBE 2020, Section 4 from the State of Louisiana. The mall will remain closed until April 13, 2020, unless terminated sooner.

The Boyce Police Department is informing the public that traffic court Wednesday, March 15th, 2020, at 807 Londonderry Ave, Boyce La. 71409, has been canceled. The Police Department is not accepting walk-in payments on citations. Please go to the back of the ticket and follow the website printed on the back,

The Rapides Parish Assessor’s Office will be closed until April 13, 2020. Anyone needing information can visit or request information through email at or call (318) 448-8511.

Alexandria Fire Department and Rapides Parish Fire District 2: Making changes to limit their exposure on medical calls. They will no longer respond to general sick or unknown medical calls. However, they will continue to respond to life-threatening calls that require their assistance.

The City of Alexandria Administration has announced that the lobby of City Hall, 915 Third St., is now closed to visitors.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Office:

Please use the drop box for all payments. Do not leave cash. Pay by phone options available. Permits and other paperwork can also be left.

Main line: 337-363-5651

Public works: 337-363-2021

Secretary-Treasurer: 337-363-2021

All Cleco offices are closed to the public and non-critical employees.

Rapides Parish Assessor's Office will be closed to public access from March 23 - April 13. They will still being taking calls and returning emails. Email or visit or call 318-448-8511 for more information.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Vernon Parish Police Jury has made the decision to close all Police Jury offices to the public effective March 18, 2020 until further notice. All Police Jury staff will continue to report to work and provide services.

Court is canceled for the month of April for the City Court of Leesville

Vernon Parish Police Jury Administrative Office

337-238-0324 / 337-238-0240 fax /

Vernon Parish Police Jury Public Works

337-239-9933 / 337-238-1686 fax /

Vernon Parish Animal Shelter

337-392-9613 /

Museum of West Louisiana

337-239-0927 /

Vernon Parish Building & Grounds Maintenance

337-238-5680 /

Vernon Parish Service Office

Veterans Service Office: 337-238-6401

C-MAP: 337-238-0730

La. Workforce Development: 337-238-3321

Central La. Inter-Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation: 337-238-5572

Louisiana Rehabilitation Service: 337-238-6426

Vernon Parish Recycle Center

The Vernon Parish Recycle Center will be closed until further notice. Residents are asked to hold on their recycling at home for the time being. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Vernon Parish Landfill: 337-239-9967

The Landfill will NOT be accepting waste tires until further notice. They will remain open for residents to bring construction debris and yard waste.

Building Permits: 337-404-4081

The Vernon Parish Building Inspector’s office will be open to the public but is asking residents to call first to make an appointment and will limit the number of people in the office to one (1).

Jena Choctaw Pines announced a temporary closure on March 17.

LA Public Service Commission: While the LPSC’s order prohibits utilities from disconnecting services during the COVID-19 development, it is important for people to understand that such measures are to protect individuals in dire financial stress and to ensure public health and safety during this crisis. Chairman Francis reminds the public that they should not stop paying your utility bills if you have the means to keep current on payments. Preventing disconnects does not mean that you will not owe for unpaid services after the LPSC order is lifted. I have encouraged all utilities to work with those customers that are struggling to pay their bills, and I encourage you to also work with your utility. In a time like this, I’m asking everyone to be part of the solution in working together to keep Louisiana strong.

Mac's Fresh Market: Limit of 2 on items such as bread, milk, bleach, wipes and toilet paper.

River Oaks Art Center is closed.

RPSB: The Personnel, Education and Finance Committee meetings for March 17 have been canceled.

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana has made the decision to temporarily suspend all activity at the Hearn Stage at the Kress Theater. This follows the suspension of activity at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in conjunction with other city facilities. This closure is in effect until further notice.

The Alexandria Museum of Art is closing its doors temporarily in response to COVID-19, instructions from LSU and local and state government. They will be shifting programming to online engagement.

The 2020 Dragon Boat Races have been rescheduled for Saturday, October 3 with an even bigger community celebration planned.

The Arc Rapides is closing its Day Program until March 30, where they will reevaluate for reopening.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria has decided that all Rotary events will be canceled until further notice.

Vernon Parish Police Jury: The Police Jury Administrative Office and Public Works Department will continue to operate and provide necessary services to the public. Members of Police Jury staff have been instructed to stay at home if they are sick or have been in contact with anyone that has flu-like symptoms. Additional sanitation measures are also being implemented in all of our facilities. Effective March 17, 2020 the Vernon Parish Police Jury will be suspending all rentals of public facilities, regardless of the size of the group until further notice. While we understand that this may cause a hardship and be an inconvenience, we feel that this action is in the best interest to public safety.

Avoyelles Council on Aging: Meals on Wheels for participants is still going on. All home transportation and services will continue. After March 16, all participants in the parish will receive meals delivered to their homes.

All branches of the Rapides Parish Library will close until May 1. No materials will be due or may be placed on hold during this time, and no fines will be assessed.

The Forest Hill Nursery Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19. Mayor Ann Jeter says there are no plans to reschedule, they will just skip it this year. It was going to be on March 20-22.

Tracy Morgan show at Paragon is postponed.

American Legion Bingo at the American Legion Post 3 on Rapides Ave in Alexandria - All bingo sessions canceled until April 12 - Next scheduled session will be on April 16

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board says all 20 commercial casinos in the state will be shut down for two weeks beginning tonight at midnight. That's based on the ruling from CDC on no gatherings of more than 50 people.

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