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Friday, April 17, 2020

April 16 — Ruston banker Bill Hogan was named to the newly formed Resilient Louisiana Commission charged with examining Louisiana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient businessrelated activities and commerce.

April 14 — Gov. John Bel Edwards postpones again the presidential preference primary and spring municipal elections to July 11 and August 15, respectively.

April 14 — The Louisiana Department of Health announces 129 deaths over the past 24 hours from COVID-19, marking the most deaths in one day since the outbreak began.

April 14 — Lincoln Parish records 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

April 13 — Lincoln Parish Director of Homeland Security Kip Franklin confirms that two parish residents have died as a result of COVID-19.

April 13 — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed he will order all K-12 public schools to be closed for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus.

April 12 — Lincoln Parish records 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

April 11 — Lincoln Parish records 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

April 10 — Lincoln Parish records 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

April 9 — Lincoln Parish records 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

April 8 — Lincoln Parish records 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according the Louisiana Department of Health.

April 7 — Lincoln Parish records 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

April 6 — Lincoln Parish records 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Both local Walmart stores are now limiting the number of shoppers allowed in the stores at one time. Other stores are enacting stricter social distance regulations.

April 5 — Lincoln Parish records 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19

April 3 — Lincoln Parish records 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Cases statewide are now at 10,297, a jump of 1,147 reported since April 2. The death toll stands at 370.

April 2 — Gov. John Bel Edwards extends the stay-at-home order through April 30.

April 1 — Lincoln Parish records 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

March 31 — Lincoln Parish records 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Cases statewide stand at 5,237. Some 239 people have died.

March 30 — Lincoln Parish records eight confirmed cases of COVID-19

March 30 — Gov. John Bel Edwards says he will extend the stay-at-home order through April 30.

March 29 — President Donald Trump said the federal government will extend its socialdistancing guidelines through April 30.

March 27 — Lincoln Parish records seven confirmed cases of COVID-19

March 24 — The Lincoln Parish Police Jury announced its administrative office will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.

March 24 — The parish highway department is reducing staff to essential personnel only and limiting hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday. Previous hours were 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

March 24 — Lincoln Parish Landfill hours were changed to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Previous Monday-Friday hours were 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Solid waste collection activities were limited to dumpster sites only. House calls were suspended until further notice.

March 23 — The Lincoln Parish Sheriff ’s Office begins delivering groceries to older residents and students at the Louisiana Center for the Blinds who use local online ordering services.

March 23 — Lincoln Parish school system stops meal distribution in light of the stay-at-home order. The Lincoln Parish Police Jury cancels its meeting scheduled for March 24 and closes the courthouse, annexes and Homer Street complex to the public.

March 22 — Lincoln Parish reports its first two cases of coronavirus.

March 20 —Louisiana Tech tells is students to go home but continue to attend online classes.

March 20 — Both Ruston police and Lincoln Parish Sheriff ’s Office confirm they’ve cut back on proactive policing and are primarily responding to emergency calls and traffic accidents. The Lincoln Parish Detention Center also freed up beds in case I has to house arrestees symptomatic for the virus. The Ruston Fire Department announces new protocols for patients requesting ambulance transport.

March 18 — Lincoln Parish Library closes because of the virus.

March 17 — By now, the city of Ruston has canceled all events scheduled for the Civic Center and for the municipal sports complex. Officials are beginning to consider contingencies for employees to work at home.

March 17 — Lincoln Parish School Board declared a public emergency.

March 16 — Lincoln Parish school system began handing out bagged breakfasts and lunches to students now not in school. This is also the first day of online classes are Louisiana Tech and GSU. Also on this day, Conference USA cancelled all athletics through the end of the academic school years. Louisiana Tech is a member of Conference USA.

March 16 — The Lincoln-Union Parish 3rd Judicial District Court resets some proceedings to several weeks later response to an order from the Louisiana Supreme Court to district courts statewide.

March 16 — Louisiana closes bars and limits restaurants to takeout, drive-through or delivery for at least one month. Local hospitals, clinics, and longterm care facilities limit public access.

March 16 — Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Joe Henderson proclaims a state of emergency in the parish.

March 15 — Churches throughout Lincoln Parish postponed corporate worship indefinitely. Some begin offering video sermons via social media. Small groups of worshipers gather in modern house churches. Coronavirus cases are up to 77 statewide.

March 14 — Lincoln Preparatory School and Simsboro High School play championship basketball games with no fans in attendance because of the order limiting gatherings. By that same day, coronavirus cases were up to 36 statewide and the first virus-related death was reported.

March 13 — Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities announce they’re transitioning to online classes. GSU urges its students to go home. Also on this day the Southwest Athletic Conference cancelled all athletics through the end of the academic school years. GSU is a member of the SWAC.

March 13 — 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana; the state’s presidential primary is postponed from April 4 to June 20. Gov. John Bel Edwards orders all public schools closed for a month. Public gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited. President Trump declares a national emergency as virus cases rise across the country.

March 12 — 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

March 11 — World Health Organization declares coronavirus a pandemic as it continues to spread around the globe. The same day, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a statewide public health emergency.

March 10 — Lincoln Parish Health Task Force announces it is meeting regularly to talk about the coronavirus and make sure the parish is ready.

March 9 — First case of presumptive coronavirus case reported in Louisiana.

March 6 — Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Mike Milstead cancels all nonessential out-of-state field trips for March and April.