Post Date:March 13, 2020 3:12 PM

After a St. Charles Parish resident tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, President Matthew Jewell has declared a state of emergency in St. Charles Parish which will provide access to additional funding and resources made available by the federal government in the event they are needed. Parish Government will continue to operate and maintain public services.

Additionally, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus the following has been postponed until further notice:

  • All recreation events are postponed until further notice.
  • All senior citizen events are postponed until further notice.
  • Any public and private events at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center are postponed until further notice.

“We are encouraging residents to remain calm and take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of viruses,” stated President Jewell. “Our elderly population is most susceptible to COVID-19, so please check in on elderly family members and neighbors and take extra precautions when doing so.”

St. Charles Parish government buildings increased its sanitation protocols and have encouraged the Council on Aging to take the proper precautions to protect seniors and restrict non-essential activities while maintaining crucial services.

Residents should remain vigilant and continue to follow CDC hygiene and social distancing recommendations as follows:

  • Clean your hands often using soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds; affective hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For additional information on COVID-19 in St. Charles Parish, visit or visit for CDC information and recommendations.

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