4/9/20 - Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Update
4/1/20 - Curfew in Effect
3/29/20 - Washington Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas' Press Release
3/23/20 - Washington Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas' Press Release
3/23/20 - Message from Sheriff Seal Regarding Coronavirus Procedures
3/19/20 - Washington Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas' Statement
3/17/20 - First Reported Case regarding a Washington Parish Resident
COMPLIMENTS AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM SHERIFF RANDY SEAL
As we continue to battle the unseen enemy known as Coronavirus, or simply COVID-19, I want to both compliment and encourage all the citizens of our wonderful parish.
I compliment you for complying with the safety recommendations from our national, state and local leaders. Being quarantined in our own homes is neither pleasant nor convenient. Social distancing, a new term for all, is neither pleasant nor convenient. Not being able to shop as usual is neither pleasant nor convenient. I could go on and on with an almost endless list of unpleasant and inconvenient things which we are all enduring to protect not only ourselves and our families, but also our neighbors.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, and as each day passes we realize our current situation is temporary. The infection curve continues to flatten and I will join with you in welcoming the day when everything opens back up and we can resume activities as usual. Meanwhile, I encourage you to support our parish restaurants which are struggling and don’t forget to tip for takeout just as you would for dining in.
In the same spirit of community, remember to check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly in our parish. Deliver food, mow lawns, do chores. Do whatever is necessary to help and, above all, remember to pray for all.
I believe you are doing all of these things, and even more. I compliment you for being good citizens.
I encourage you also. I encourage you face these days of fear and testing with optimism, never giving in to the pressures of our time. I encourage you not to fear about your health, finances or safety, but to be creative, smart, resourceful, kind and caring. Government acting alone cannot solve this crisis. All of us acting together can help bring about the hope we all desire.
I am thankful for each of you. I am thankful for the privilege of living in such a wonderful country, state and parish. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your Sheriff.
Randy “Country” Seal
ORDER PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO LSA-RS 14:329.6
Whereas, in times of a public emergency, Louisiana Revised Statute 14:329.6 empowers the chief law enforcement officer of any parish to establish a curfew and prohibit and/or control pedestrian and vehicular traffic, except essential emergency vehicles and personnel as well as prohibit and control the presence of persons on public streets and places;
Whereas, the Honorable John Bel Edwards, Governor of the State of Louisiana, on March 11, 2020, proclaimed a public health emergency relative to COVID-19, and has subsequently extended that order through the month of April;
Now therefore I, Randy Seal, Sheriff of Washington Parish, Louisiana, and chief law enforcement officer of Washington Parish, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
Effective this date, April 1, 2020, and continuing thereafter until further notice, a curfew is in effect for all of Washington Parish between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for all persons within the parish except for law enforcement and emergency personnel and those persons traveling to and from their place of employment or to and from any medical facility. The curfew extends to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Randy “Country” Seal
Sheriff of Washington Parish
“As of 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 19, the Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 347 cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana, of which two cases were identified as being Washington Parish residents. There have been eight confirmed deaths and a total of 805 tests completed.
As your parish president, I urge all citizens of Washington Parish to heed the guidelines given by the Centers for Disease Control, the Louisiana Department of Health and the executive orders issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards, especially social distancing. I am adjusting my workforce and encouraging sick employees to stay home and working with those employees that don’t have proper childcare due to school closures. Additionally, I am limiting access to the general public, in order to protect my employees and limiting face-to-face contact within parish government.
Please continue to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough, stay away from sick people and more importantly stay home if you are sick. I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick, by practicing social distancing and unnecessary travel.”
-Parish President Richard "Ned" Thomas