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COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

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Sheriff Blaise Smith advises the public that this page has been set up to contain all the trusted websites for the latest news on the coronavirus as well as updated St. Mary Parish information.



Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes






4/24/2020 St. Mary Parish President statement:



The Governor's "Stay At Home Order"



The Governor's Order has been extended through April 30, 2020.



Explanation for the Governor's Stay at Home Order

For businesses, the new Stay at Home order has limits on the following:

  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children's play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, and other similar businesses.
  • All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.
  • All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
  • Businesses closed to the public as listed in the order can conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.
  • Any business not covered by the guidance from the CISA discussed in Section 3 of the order and not ordered to temporarily close must reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limitation on gathering size. 
  • Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.

Examples of Essential Worker Functions under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines include:

  • Healthcare workers and caregivers
  • Mental health and Social Service workers
  • Pharmacy employees
  • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products
  • Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees
  • Farmworkers
  • Electricity and Utility Industry Employees
  • Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
  • Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers
  • Transportation and Logistics Workers
  • Communications and Information Technology Employees

Websites for updated coronavirus information:

Louisiana Department of Health

St. Mary Parish Government


***UPDATED INFORMATION from the St. Mary Parish School Board***

School system personnel have developed plans for completing the school year and finalizing student grades in response to the governor's extension of school closures. Throughout the remainder of the school year, students will continue to complete instructional programs corresponding to their grade level and course requirements in order to receive credit and meet promotion guidelines.

Traditionally, students were required to attain four quality points as measured by report card grades, in order to meet promotional standards. Unfortunately, the extended closure of schools will prevent students from receiving direct classroom instruction for the final nine weeks grading period and quality points will be adjusted accordingly. Course passage or promotional guidance will instead be dictated by the attainment of three quality points as opposed to the standard four quality points in order to account for school closures.

Parents and students have received instructional packets or assigned high school course recovery programming that will be used to gauge passage of a given class or for grade promotion. A May 8th deadline has been set for the submission of instructional packets in order to provide adequate time for teacher feedback and supplemental instruction that will support students in meeting the adjusted passing standards. Schools will be contacting parents and students to make specific arrangements for instructional packet turn-in times and teachers will be continuing their communication efforts to answer questions and support students in the process.

Additionally, schools may set parent conferences via teleconferencing or phone calls to discuss promotional considerations as the year draws to a close. The school system is also working to build summer learning opportunities for students utilizing resources already available including AR360, Edgenuity, and Clever. As more information is released regarding any adjustments to the "stay-at-home" order, schools will be announcing schedules for parents and students to retrieve personal items from classrooms and lockers as well.

Several area high schools have held senior spotlight nights to recognize the Class of 2020 and preparations for formal graduation ceremonies remain ongoing as the district awaits announcements on phase one of the state's reopening of public areas. Although setting dates for graduation ceremonies may be tentative, the district anticipates being able to offer more details very soon.

16th judicial court information on operations during this time


Ochsner Hospital Information


Governor John Bel Edwards' office webpage on Coronavirus information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

President Trump's Guidelines: 15 days to slow the spread of COVID-19

Louisiana Workforce Commission: Information for workers who have been impacted by COVID-19

Department of Motor Vehicle Information:


Public Announcements:

  • All events of 50+ people are halted per Governor Edwards. President Trump further recommends gatherings be limited to 10 or less.
  • All casinos, video poker establishments, bars, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys and movie theaters are CLOSED.
  • Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops are limited to delivery or take-out only.

Personal Health suggestions and practices:

  • social distancing
  • washing hands frequently
  • limiting social gatherings
  • stay home if they feel sick or show possible symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing

Mental Health Hotline

If you are concerned about your mental health/anxiety during these times and feel that you need professional care, there is a hotline set up for you. Trained, compassionate counselors are available to speak with and can offer support and direct you to mental health services. 


Parishwide Measures:

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Gun Range is closed to the public until further notice.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Civil Lobby located on the 4th floor of the Franklin Courthouse is closed to visitors until further notice.

  • Citizens are reminded that alternative forms of in-person paying for tickets, fines, and taxes are available.
  • Call 337-828-6979 to pay fines/tickets with a credit/debit card over the phone.
  • Tax payment can be made by visiting our website at and following the link on the page.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the St. Mary Parish Courthouse will be closed to public access until further notice. 

Offices within the courthouse will continue to be staffed in order to continue to provide its respective services to the public.  Business may be conducted remotely by phone or electronically with each office through its respective contact numbers, e-mails, websites, or Facebook pages. In addition, access may also be arranged with each office by appointment only.

The offices affected by this are as follows:

  • St. Mary Parish Government
  • 16th Judicial District Attorney
  • St. Mary Parish Sheriff
  • St. Mary Parish Clerk of Court
  • St. Mary Parish Assessor
  • Veteran's Office

The Registrar of Voters Offices are closed.

District Court is closed through April 10, 2020.

All parish libraries are closed to the public; however, plans are being made for book drop-off and pick-up. Please contact your local library for details.

All restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops shall cease any on-premises consumption of food or beverages. These establishments may continue take out, drive-thru, and delivery services. Hotel restaurants may continue operations, but only for the service of hotel guests via room service.

All regular curfew times for minors are still in effect.

All religious gatherings should practice social distancing. Some churches have suspended religious services and other activities.

All bars are closed.

All visitation to the parish jail and city jails have been suspended.


City of Morgan City:

City Hall is open for business

All city events have been postponed

City court suspended; offices are still open.

Lake End Park is open.

Curfew for minors 10:00 pm Sunday- Thursday nights, 12:00 am Friday and Saturday nights.



City of Franklin:

City Hall is closed to the public, offices are staffed.

Utility Bill payment by drop box.

Recreation Centers are closed

Curfew for minors 10:00 pm Sunday- Thursday nights, 12:00 am Friday and Saturday nights.


City of Patterson:

City Hall is open for business.

Mayor's court closed for 2 months.


4/24/20 Mayor Grogan has lifted the 8 pm-6 am curfew in Patterson.

Curfew for minors 10:00 pm Sunday- Thursday nights, 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights. 




Town of Berwick:

Town Hall is open for business.

Berwick Civic Center is open.

Curfew for minors 10:00 pm Sunday- Friday nights, 11:00 pm Saturday nights.

Mayor's Court suspended for 2 months.



Town of Baldwin:

Town Hall is open for business.

Baldwin Community Center is closed.

Curfew for minors 10:00 pm Sunday- Thursday nights, 12:00 am Friday and Saturday nights.