Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government Coronavirus Daily Update for March 17, 2020
Number of Coronavirus Cases in Terrebonne Parish: 3 (up 1 from March 16, 2020)
• All Terrebonne Parish departments and facilities are limiting visitor access. Terrebonne Parish Government Towers is closed to all visitors. Citizens are advised to use online services at tpcg.org or call the particular department you need to access. Citizens needing to make utility payments or drop off other items and document are asked to please use the drive-thru lanes on Gabasse Street parking lot. Before visiting any Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government facility, please call to confirm visitation requirements.
• The Terrebonne Wildlife Museum and Folklife Museum are closed until further notice.
• Terrebonne Parish commodity distribution by the Terrebonne Parish Housing and Human Services Department have been canceled for this week.
• The Terrebonne Parish Council will NOT hold committee meetings on Monday, March 23, 2020. All significant items are being placed on the Regular Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Parish Council has put into place specific protocol for their meetings due to COVID-19. Please visit the Parish’s website at www.tpcg.org for additional information regarding attendance and viewing of the council meeting. You may call the Parish Council office at 985-873-6519 for more information.
• Per the Louisiana Supreme Court’s order, City Court of Houma has suspended all civil trials, hearings and court appearances through March 27, 2020. Civil filings are still allowed inside the courthouse; however access to the hallway will be limited to four people. All Juvenile and Adult Criminal matters are still being heard; but the number of individuals allowed in the courtroom is limited to ten. Everyone else must wait outside the courthouse and wait to be called inside for their hearing. Payments for traffic tickets, fines, etc. are still allowed inside the courthouse; however access to the hallway will be limited to four people. People are encouraged to go to www.houmatix.com to see if they can pay their traffic ticket online.
• The Terrebonne Parish Registrar of Voters office will remain open for business but the doors will be locked and the public will not be allowed inside the office. The Registrar of Voters gray mailbox will be used to drop off paperwork and blank voter registration forms will be on a clipboard on top of the gray mailbox. Filled voter registration forms can be placed in the gray mailbox. Citizens can register to vote online at www.sos.la.gov or www.geauxvote.com.
• The La. Workforce Commission Office of Worker’s Compensation Office located in Government Towers will remain open but with visitation restrictions. All persons needing access to the Worker’s Compensation office should speak to the security guards located on the first floor of the Government Tower’s Gabasse Street location and the security guards will contact the Worker’s Compensation office for someone to come meet you in the lobby of Government Towers. Citizens can call the Worker’s Compensation office at 985-857-3775 for assistance.
• Governor John Bel Edwards, through Executive Order JBE 2020-30 has required that all gatherings of 50 people or more shall be postponed or cancelled. He has also required all casinos, video poker establishments, movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys and fitness centers and gyms, statewide, to cease operations completely. All restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops, statewide, shall cease allowing for any on premises consumption of food and beverages, but may continue, take out, drive-thru and delivery services, and in no circumstance shall food or beverages purchased be consumed on premises. These provisions set by the Governor shall remain in place beginning on March 17, 2020 until April 12, 2020 unless terminated earlier.
• U.S. Representative Steve Scalise will host a conference call for all interested business owners to discuss coronavirus and the impact on small businesses in Southeast Louisiana. The conference call will be Wednesday, March 18th from 9AM to 9:45AM. The Dial-In Number is 888-606-5944 and the participant passcode is 3956661.
• Residents needing information regarding unemployment compensation should contact the Louisiana Workforce Commission at 876-8990, 800-351-4378, 866-783-5567 or visit the local office at 807 Barrow Street (Town Hall Building) in Houma.
• Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 – Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the office lobby at 8814 Main Street will be closed to the general public. Drive-thru windows will be open normal hours, 8AM to 5PM Monday thru Friday, for paying your water bill or conducting other business. You may contact the office at 986-8792495 or via their website at www.tpcw.org. Please follow their Facebook page for up to date information.
• Terrebonne Parish Library Information: Beginning today, March 17, 2020, the library system will provide curbside/front door delivery only. The main library, East Houma, and North Terrebonne Branches will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The bayou branches will be open Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All fines will be waived while the library facilities are closed.
• Library programs and meeting room bookings are cancelled for the month. Library facilities will be closed to the public until this Sunday. We will assess the situation on Friday in regard to next week.
• We are encouraging library patron to focus on the many digital services available on the library’s website. Please contact the main library at 985-876-5158 or visit the Terrebonne Parish Library’s website at www.mytpl.org.
• All Terrebonne Parish sponsored events have been cancelled that may exceed 50 people
• All Terrebonne Parish Recreation (TPR) events have been postponed until further notice
• Live after 5 event scheduled for Downtown Houma in March has been cancelled.
• Access to the 32nd Judicial Court System has been limited.
•All Terrebonne Parish Government Offices Remain Open with Normal Business Hours but with limited public visitation.
•The Terrebonne Council on Aging (TCOA) has implemented the following measures:
-All local senior centers and lunch centers have been closed until further notice.
-All home visits by TCOA have been cancelled.
-Senior citizens who receive home delivered meals will continue to receive home delivered meals and all senior citizens who utilized the senior centers and lunch centers for meals and are in need of meals will be added to the home delivery list to receive meals.
-All senior center and lunch center managers will begin check-up calls tomorrow to registered senior citizens every other day.
-All information and assistance request will be conducted via telephone. If a senior citizen needs information or assistance, they should call the Council on Aging office at 985-868-8411.
-All assessments for senior citizens will be conducted by telephone.
-No changes to the Council on Aging transportation system have been implemented at this time.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses you should do the following:
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough and sneeze into
your upper arm, not your hands.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces with regular household cleaning sprays or wipes. • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Stay home from work or school if you are sick
For the most updated information regarding COVID-19, residents can do the following: •Dial 211 and ask a question •Text LACOVID to 898-211 •Visit LA211help.org