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Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Ouachita Parish Rifle Range is closed to the public.

This precaution is being taken in accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation and the continuing efforts to protect the health of citizens and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A reopening date will be announced at a later time, the earliest being April 13, 2020.


BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

From a statement by St. Francis Medical Center:

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Louisiana State Parks

Chicot State Park near Ville Platte and Lake Bistineau State Park near Doyline have been tagged as additional regional staging areas for the current medical situation in the state.  As a service to the health and medical facilities in those areas, these state parks will be unavailable for public use effective Wednesday, March 18.

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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. These changes are effective statewide at midnight.

Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. In Louisiana, there are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two people have died.

Updated 8:32 p.m. 3/20/2020

The following businesses and entites have announced closures in northeast Louisiana:

 As part of its ongoing response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Louisiana, and for the continued safety of patients and team members, St. Francis Medical Center today announced changes to its visitor guidelines and the addition of screening stations at designated entrances based on new Louisiana Department of Health requirements. These guidelines go into effect beginning today until further notice.