St. Martin Parish President writes message to community about ‘stark reality’ of COVID

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ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars wrote a message addressing the community on the “stark reality” of this fourth surge of COVID-19.

Cedars cites the latest COVID hospitalization data in the Acadiana Region 4 and positivity rates within the parish.

He makes it clear that he’s always promoted the use of masks while indoors and touches on the subject of the lack of vaccinations among adults.

“Moreover, I believe that under the current circumstances, there is no reason why adults should not take the vaccine except for those with medical issues which prevent them from doing so,” said Cedars. “Of course, I fully recognize that my remarks will ignite a flurry of criticism and comments. Nevertheless, I cannot sit idly by and not articulate about a critical situation.”

His reasoning for writing to the community about his concerns for the parish during this COVID surge sparked after reading a local newspaper article online describing the pressure local hospitals are feeling at this time.

Cedars also mentions questions he frequently receives about the local government imposing crowd limitations or a potential lockdown.

“Candidly, the government will impose nothing. Rather, our community’s own behavior will account for any sort of ‘lockdown,'” wrote Cedars. “At this point in time, there is absolutely no articulable, cogent reason most of our community should continue to refuse to wear masks in indoor setting or refuse to even consider receiving a vaccine. Rather, it seems we are more interested in protecting and advocating our individual ideologue rather than adhering to the advice of medical science and thus protecting our fellow citizens, our businesses, our employers/employees, our healthcare system, and our children.”

To read the full message, click here.

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