COVID update: Cameron’s numbers improve

By Cyndi Sellers

The governor’s order to wear masks in all indoor public spaces is having an effect. Cameron Parish COVID -19 numbers have improved over the past two weeks. While cases are up to 171 cumulatively, the rate of positive tests and percent of population infected have both dropped. Some parish residents have now been hospitalized with COVID-19 infections, as reported by relatives.

The two weeks incidence from July 16 to July 29 was 229.62 per 100,000, still rated high, but about half the incidence the previous two weeks. For comparison, Calcasieu Parish has a two week cumulative incidence of 631.67 cases per 100,000.

The percent of positive tests dropped from 13 percent the week of July 23 to July 29 to 11.4 percent the following week, a drop of 12.31 percent. The parish is in the moderate range for positive tests now.

Cameron Parish Administrator Katie Armentor reports that all Parish offices are working virtually, with appointments made for in-person needs. Parish offices will re-open their doors when the state moves to Phase 3, Armentor said.

Parish libraries are open, but on a limited basis, with curbside and home delivery available. The 38th Judicial District is holding court, and is making arrangements to have jury selection. Partitions are being installed for jurors protection.

Only the Creole pool is open, with limited attendance and strict protocols. All parish gyms except Grand Lake are closed.