The number of coronavirus cases is steadily rising in Livingston parish.
Sunday, the Parish’s positivity rate sat at a little more than 20%, more than double the state and CDC goal for reopening of 10%. In Monday’s update, Livingston Parish confirmed 82 new cases of the virus.
“Out here in Livingston Parish no one wants to be told what to do,” Layton Ricks, Parish President, said.
Ricks says his hands are tied. Last week the parish reported at least one new COVID-19 related death five days in a row. That made it the longest streak in the parish since March.
“There’s only so much you can do, people are going to do what they want to do,” Ricks said.
Elaine Genre says she doesn’t buy it.
“I think the numbers are sometimes probably doctored,” Genre said. “We’re forced to live in a way that makes absolutely no sense. We are walking around with our faces covered, it’s not right.”
Genre believes the virus comes from a political agenda.
“We’re living in a time that’s being heavily manipulated,” she said. “It sick and sad. As soon as this election is over COVID-19 will be gone forever.”
Carlton Roberts has been living in the parish for years and he thinks the best way to beat the virus is to all be on the same page.
“We need to work together and get this problem resolved,” Roberts said.
Ricks says he believes the number of high cases comes from people not wanting to wear their masks or younger people having large gatherings. He adds his top priority is the safety of all the people in his parish and he hopes everyone follows the safety measures so the parish can get back on track.