BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Department of Health confirms a recent COVID-19 outbreak linked to a wedding in Abbeville. The department considers all attendees of this wedding were exposed to COVID-19 and encourages all to take public health precautions.
The wedding was held on Sept. 25 at L’Eglise, and approximately 150 people were in attendance. Several people developed symptoms and tested positive for SARS -CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Any unvaccinated individuals should quarantine through October 9* (14 days following their exposure at the event) and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
LDH recommends testing for all attendees, even those who are not symptomatic and/or who are fully vaccinated. However, if an exposed unvaccinated individual tests negative for COVID-19 prior to end of the quarantine period, they still need to remain quarantined for the remainder of the 14 days.* LDH has a list of COVID-19 test sites on its website. Individuals can also call 211 to find a COVID-19 test site near them.
Anyone with questions about possible exposure at this event should contact the Region 4 Office for the Office of Public Health at 337-262-5311.