Covid-19 resources 

We know that it’s not easy to dig through all the resources, figure out what is legitimate, and get the assistance you need. We are spending time vetting information so you don’t have to. Check back often for up-to-date information that can help you and your business.

If you need assistance, the best way to reach us is via email.

For Businesses

3/31/20

Labor Law Updates (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Issues Facing Sole Proprietors and Similar Companies/Workers (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Registration coming soon!

3/27/20

Federal Response & What It Means for Small Business (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Registration – SOLD OUT!

3/24/20

Part 1: Disaster Loans and Other SBA Resources (9:30-10:00 a.m.)
Part 2: Getting Your Business Ready to Sell Online (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

View the video
Download the presentation
Additional SBA Loan information

First thing we need to know is how YOUR BUSINESS is doing. This way we can help the State and other partners understand what you need and build programming to match. We have developed the attached survey with partners from around the region. We believe it will capture information that will describe what is happening in Acadiana and can be used by multiple entities. Feel free to pass it along to other businesses.

COVID-19 Business Survey:
http://bit.ly/Acadiana-Biz-Survey

  • Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is currently monitoring the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
  • LED is focusing on business continuity aimed at safeguarding economic, as well as physical, health.  This information is in addition to that found on the Governor’s website; it will focus on useful resources and information for businesses and individuals.
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  • Business Hotline: LED has established a phone number, 225-342-4321, that businesses may use for help with questions regarding: how the stay home proclamation applies to businesses, federal loan resources available to businesses (SBA economic injury disaster loans), and information on how to donate personal protective equipment (PPE). Businesses can also visit https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid-19-assistance for additional information.  The number is staffed from 8 am to 8pm, however, depending on call volume they may roll over to a voicemail and be prompted to leave a message, which will be returned. Outside of the 8am-8pm hours customers will also be able to leave a message.
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  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
    • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [38.0° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
    • Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
    • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
    • Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
  • Separate sick employees:
    • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
    • Place posters that encourage staying home when sickcough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
    • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
    • Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
    • Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
    • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
    • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
    • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
    • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
    • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • If you are temporarily closing or reducing your hours of operations due to COVID-19, please contact the LWC to discuss how we can provide assistance and answer your questions about unemployment insurance and other programs and resources available.
  • Contact EmployerServices@lwc.la.gov with your unemployment insurance questions. Be sure to provide your company’s name, a point of contact, telephone number and email address, as well as
    specifics on the assistance you are requesting. The Employer Call Center, 225-326-6999, is also available.
  • For other programs and assistance, contact the American Job Center in in Abbeville: 1301 Clover Street Abbeville 337-893-1986
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: As per the Governor’s proclamation, reimbursable employers impacted due to COVID-19: Non-charges may be granted

Registration – By registering (approximately 10 to 15 minutes), you agree to allow business information you provide to be accessed and utilized by LA BEOC participants (including government agencies, academic partners and industry trade organizations) in the State’s disaster response and recovery efforts. Register online here

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    • Make sure to view the presentation provided in the Webinar section above
    • SBA Reference Guide – a comprehensive look at the program
    • If you want to research the process before applying, this is a great resource. Three-step Process Quick-Guide
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
    • Governor John Bel Edwards has submitted Louisiana’s SBA application package for statewide coverage to the federal authorities, and as of today, March 19, 2020, the SBA has issued under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Louisiana.
    • Louisiana businesses may apply as follows:
    • Companies that already have SBA-backed loans through other programs can ask to delay their payments for six months, though the lender will make the final decision is our understanding.
    • NOTE:  Unlike other disaster responses, there are no “on site” application locations at Small Business Development Centers.  All applications are by phone or on-line.
  • Capital Access – Incidents can strain a small business’s financial capacity to make payroll, maintain inventory and respond to market fluctuations (both sudden drops and surges in demand). Businesses should prepare by exploring and testing their capital access options so they have what they need when they need it.  See SBA’s capital access resources.
  • If you aren’t familiar with the Town Planner community web pages @ www.townplanner.com.  Enter in your zip code or community name.
  • Town Planner can add some promotional events for you and also a few featured events.  For example, a children’s boutique who has closed down store shopping but offering online shopping has been added.  Also, restaurants, you can promote a promotional event and offer.
  • This will be available on community web pages and the e-newsletter that goes out on Thursday afternoons.  This is part of your advertising package with Town Planner.  Typically, this platform is for events but under the circumstances there are no events and we can utilize this platform to keep your business upfront in our communities. Just let us know (info@developvermilion.org) and we’ll send in the update.
  • If your employment has been impacted for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease), please review the following information about assistance available. The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will do all that we can to ensure impacted workers receive the benefits for which they are eligible.
  • Do any of these situations apply to you?
    1. Your work hours have been reduced because of lack of work due to Coronavirus.
    2. Your workplace closes temporarily, and you are not being compensated.
    3. You have been instructed not to go to work, and you are not being paid while at home.
  •  You MAY be eligible for unemployment insurance. You can file a claim at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling our Claim Center at 866-783-5567. Effective March 17, 2020, we have extended our Claim Center hours to 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Be sure to answer “yes” to the question, “Are you filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?” This will provide needed information to the LWC to
    help process your claim.
  • If your work hours have been reduced, partial benefits could be available to you up to a maximum of $247 a week. You must report any earnings for the week that you work, even if you’ve not yet been paid. Report the gross amount before deductions. These earnings would be factored into the amount of unemployment benefits paid to you for that week.
  • A number of factors determine eligibility for benefits. The LWC reviews each case separately.
  • The maximum number of weeks that unemployment benefits can be paid per claim is 26 weeks in a 12-month period.
  • Wages and vacation pay (received or will receive) MUST be reported when you file your unemployment claim. Sick leave and PTO do not need to be reported.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: As per the Governor’s proclamation, for individuals whose employment has been impacted due to COVID-19:
    Work search requirements are waived and Week of waiting is waived

A School Board  employee will be available at Central Office to complete work permits on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 – 11:30 and Thursday afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 (March 25th & 26th, April 1st & 2nd, and April 8th & 9th). Students are to bring their school ID, state ID, form from employer completed and signed by parent. The parent does not have to be present. Students will not come into the building, they will remain outside and greeted at the entrance to the Vermilion Parish School Board Office building located at

220 S. Jefferson Street, Abbeville LA

For Individuals, Donors & Workers

  • Louisiana 211 is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure citizens can access to the most current information available for Coronavirus
  • Dial 211 or text LACOVID to 898-211 for more information
  • This website has all the information on the virus that is currently available
  • COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.National for Resources for Artists:

    National Resources For Entertainers:

    Funding Opportunities:

    • American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund: Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Artist Relief Tree: Anyone who is an artist can request funds from the Artist Relief Tree, which plans to fulfill every request with a flat $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis. The fund is currently not accepting new requests until it can secure more funding, but to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again, click here.
    • Baton Rouge Gallery – Flat Curve Gallery: BRG is proud to announce the formation of The Flat Curve Gallery, an online gallery with works created during the COVID-19 pandemic from artists of all experience levels and all ages. And we want you and your art to be a part of it! Learn more at batonrougegallery.org/flat-curve-gallery.
    • Blues Foundation HART Fund: The HART Fund helps underinsured or uninsured blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a range of health concerns.
    • Convertkit Creative FundThe fund covers up to $500 per creator to help cover medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs.
    • COVID-19 Music Production Response Group: A Facebook group “open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals,” according to administrators who are sharing news updates, suggested actions, job opportunities and other resources.
    • Creative Capital: Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
    • Culturalyst – Live Streaming for Musicians: Culturalyst has created a digital platform for musicians to be able to play live and receive tips through Venmo and other partners. More information at https://culturalyst.com/
    • Freelance Coop Emergency Fund: The Freelance Coop, which connects creative freelancers with business resources, created an emergency fund for freelancers adversely affected by the pandemic. Examples of funding usage are unexpected childcare costs due to school closures, client cancellations, and medical expenses due to the virus itself.
    • Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 Relief fund is available for those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.
    • MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund: MusiCares-eligible music professionals — those who have had at least five years of employment in the music industry, or six commercially released recordings or videos — can apply for funds on the MusiCares websiteMore Info Here
    • Music Maker Relief Foundation: The foundation, which provides ongoing support to American artists 55 and older who live in chronic poverty, also gives out emergency grants to artists in crisis. It is now soliciting donations to ensure the stability of vulnerable elderly musicians during the pandemic.
    • Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League: PAL provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Preference is given to blues artists, though musicians in other genres may be eligible depending on available funds.
    • Rauschenberg Foundation – Medical Grants: The Rauschenberg Emergency Grants—expected to be rolled out in late May or early June—will provide visual artists, media artists, and choreographers up to $5,000 worth of assistance for medical emergencies. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Check It Out Here
    • Rep Cap – Weekly Facebook Live Series: Rep Cap founder and CEO Mary Ellen Slayter is launching a weekly Facebook Live series in which the marketing company will pay musicians to perform virtual concerts. Facebook Page
    • SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund: SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to coronavirus may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.
    • Sound Royalties: Music finance firm Sound Royalties is allocating $20 million to offer a no-cost royalty advance funding option through April 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers and other creators with royalty income can apply for cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule, cost-free.
    • Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund: Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses for those who get sick or lose work due to the pandemic.
  • Updates from the Louisiana Restaurant Association
  • Another Round Another RallyAnother Round Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Children of Restaurant Employees: If a family qualifies for CORE support, they can receive a grant to cover medical bills for children, gas cards, groceries, clothing, medical supplies and therapies, utilities, rent and mortgage, and other essential needs a family might need to navigate their specific circumstance.
  • One Fair Wage Emergency Fund: OFW Emergency Fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more.
  • Restaurant Opportunities Centers UnitedThe National Restaurant Worker Relief Fund is a pool of money raised by members and donors of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. $500 relief grants are available for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: The RWCF COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund has been created and is collecting donations to provide relief to individual workers affected by the coronavirus and to create zero-interest loans to businesses.
  • Southern Smoke: The Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program will provide emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance.
  • SupportRestaurants.org: The Dining Bonds Initiative is open to any restaurant/bar/eatery across the globe. There is no fee to any restaurant to participate in the initiative. According to the site “Essentially, they are gift certificates that are sold at a suggested price of 25% less than face value, but redeemable at face value upon dining at the restaurant. The goal is to sell them for the next 30 days to bring needed income to the restaurants and have them redeemable typically 30-60 days after purchase.”
  • USBG National Charity Foundation: The USBG National Charity Foundation has launched the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Those in the bar industry can apply for assistance and they do not need to be a USBG member to apply for a grant.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank has relationships with food banks across the parish:
    • Monetary donations: Even if the health impacts of this outbreak are minimal, we are anticipating possibly major impacts to seniors, children, and low-income workers in our service industry. Click HERE to make a secure online monetary donation to help support our emergency response and readiness.
    • Donations of fresh produce and non-perishable food items Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Elmwood location – 700 Edwards Avenue, or at 215 E. Pinhook Rd in Lafayette
  • St. Mary Magdalen Christian Service Center
    701 Chevis St., Abbeville, LA 70510
    Open 8 AM – 12 PM.
    Serving lunch 11 AM – 12 PM.
    (337) 893-9756
    Donations can be dropped off from 8 AM -12 PM Monday – Friday
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Vermilion Parish School Board will be offering grab-and-go meals from 11 am to 1 pm on weekdays.
  • Each child will receive a lunch meal and a breakfast meal for the next morning. There is no registration required. No ID needed. No cost.
  • Any child age 18 and under may come to get the meals. This does include students, siblings, friends, family members, toddlers, and those who attend private or parochial schools.
  • Children must be present to receive the meal, no exceptions.
  • Meals will be provided with drive-thru service. Walk-up service should only be used if the child/children have no other way to get to the school sites. The meals will be brought to the student and/or cars.
  • School sites:
    • Rene Rost, Kaplan
    • JH Williams, Abbeville
    • Eaton Park Elementary, Abbeville
    • Dozier Elementary, Erath
    • Cecil Picard, Maurice
    • Gueydan High School, Gueydan

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury is limiting Public Access to the Vermilion Parish Courthouse to limit the exposure to the employees in the Courthouse to COVID-19.  We hope by limiting access we will be available to provide needed services if the spread of the virus causes more disruptions.  The Courthouse will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday with the following restrictions. These restrictions are effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to April 13, 2020 for all offices in the Courthouse except for the 15th Judicial Court Offices and Clerk of Court. The restricted access for their offices will expire on March 27, 2020.

Below are the Limits of Access for each office in the Courthouse;

  1. Access to the Vermilion Parish Police Jury Office will be limited to residents needing a building permit. Those residents needing a permit will need to call 337-898-4300 and speak to Melissa White, Permit Specialist to make an appointment.  All permits will be issued by appointment only.  Any other members of the public, who feel they have a legitimate need to visit the Police Jury Office need to call the number above to determine if your business can be handled electronically.
  2. The District Attorney Office for the 15th Judicial Court is closed to the public and is asked all members of the public to call the office at 337-898-4320 for assistance.
  3. Access to the Vermilion Parish Tax Assessor Office is limited to only those situations deemed absolutely necessary by the Assessor’s Office. Please call 337-893-2837 for further guidance.  You may also accomplish most tasks by going to their website at www.vermilionassessor.org, emailing them at  vpao@vermilionassessor.org or by mail to 100 N. State St., Suite 110, Abbeville, La 70510.
  4. The Vermilion Parish Registrar of Voters Office is asking for the public to use the Louisiana Secretary of State website to register or make changes to voter registration.  For any other matter please call 337-898-4324 before coming to the Courthouse, so they can try to resolve your need without risk to the public or their staff.
  5. Access to the Vermilion Parish 911 Office requires an appointment by calling 337-898-4350.
  6. Access to the Vermilion Parish Police Jury Office will be limited to residents needing a building permit. Those residents needing a permit will need to call 337-898-4300 and speak to Melissa White, Permit Specialist to make an appointment.  All permits will be issued by appointment only.  Any other members of the public, who feel they have a legitimate need to visit the Police Jury Office need to call the number above to determine if your business can be handled electronically.
  7. The District Attorney Office for the 15th Judicial Court is closed to the public and is asked all members of the public to call the office at 337-898-4320 for assistance.
  8. Access to the Vermilion Parish Tax Assessor Office is limited to only those situations deemed absolutely necessary by the Assessor’s Office. Please call 337-893-2837 for further guidance.  You may also accomplish most tasks by going to their website at www.vermilionassessor.org, emailing them at  vpao@vermilionassessor.org or by mail to 100 N. State St., Suite 110, Abbeville, La 70510.
  9. The Vermilion Parish Registrar of Voters Office is asking for the public to use the Louisiana Secretary of State website to register or make changes to voter registration.  For any other matter please call 337-898-4324 before coming to the Courthouse, so they can try to resolve your need without risk to the public or their staff.
  10. Access to the Vermilion Parish 911 Office requires an appointment by calling 337-898-4350.
  11. Access to the 15th Judicial Court Offices and the Clerk of Court Offices will be limited to the public for the following;
  • Anyone set to appear in criminal court in Vermilion Parish between March 16 and March 27, 2020, are to report to the courthouse on their scheduled court dates to be served with a new court date.  The clerk will be located at a temporary outdoor office on the east porch of the courthouse facing Charity Street to provide service to all defendants.
  • Civil protective orders, emergency child custody matters pursuant to Louisiana Children’s Code Article 3945, proceedings for children removed from their home by emergency court order and emergency commitment hearings will proceed.
  • Criminal initial appearances for adults and juveniles, arraignments for incarcerated individuals, and bond hearings will proceed.  Adult proceedings will be conducted with the use of video appearance.
  • All jurors summoned for service between March 16 and March 23, 2020, will be reset for a future court date.  These jurors do not need to report to the courthouse. They will receive notification from the clerk in the future.
  • The clerk of court remains open to receive necessary criminal and civil filings and recordings.
  • The public is asked to avoid coming to the courthouse except as required by absolute necessity.

These limitations are approved by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury in coordination with all agencies/departments who are housed in the Vermilion Parish Courthouse.

  • Update 03/16/2020 12:15 PM- The City of Abbeville will not disconnect utilities today. Decisions about future disconnections will be posted as they become available.
  • The Regular City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 is canceled.
  • If you need information or need to report a problem or city service, please call City Hall at 893-8550.
  • Effective immediately, Gueydan will wave late fees for delinquent utility bills for the month of March and will also suspend termination of of services for unpaid bills for the month of March
  • All public spaces will be limited to city employees only.
  • The drive through window at city hall is open and all business can be conducted through it
  • Reach out to city hall with concerns our questions
  • Kaplan has been given the directive to cancel the city council meeting that is scheduled for 3/17/20. The State Attorney General will be issuing guidance soon as to how our State requirements/laws will be affected by this ruling with regards to open meeting rules and regulations.
  • We are following all of the state mandated directives which includes closing access to Kaplan City Hall as well as all other city buildings effective immediately.
  • City employees are not allowed inside anyone’s home or dwelling for any purpose beginning immediately.
  • City employees will still be performing their job duties. If you are paying a bill it will need to be done through the drive-thru, the night deposit, the kiosk, the internet or by mail. This begins immediately.
    All meetings of City Hall employees and the mayor will be handled by phone for now. Should you need anything please call the Mayor at city hall 643-7118.
  • Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are attempting to limit all walk ins and appointments until further notice. In order to do so, we are asking that citizens use the drop box when possible or contact us by phone with any issues, questions or concerns. Our office will be available to answer any questions or assist you over the phone, 337-893-6406.
  • We appreciate your understanding as we implement these measures in the interest of public health and safety.
  • Under the advice of DHHS, the courts at Maurice Park will be locked during the duration of this health situation.
  • The playgrounds and other areas will remain open.  If you utilize these areas please practice social distancing and take precautions as recommended.
  • Curfew: There is a village wide curfew for adults 18 years and older, prohibiting and/or controlling pedestrian and vehicular traffic, except essential emergency vehicles and personnel; and essential critical infrastructure workers; as defined by the governor’s proclamation; between the hours of 10 PM to 5 AM and; a village wide curfew for unaccompanied juveniles 17 years and younger between the hours of 9 PM to 5 AM. The above curfews shall be effective on March 23, 2020 and end when the Governor declares that a state of emergency no longer exists.
  • At this time, there is no option for emergency or disaster SNAP. However, if you are not already a SNAP recipient and have a food need, we encourage you to apply for benefits online.
  • There’s no need to visit a DCFS office! You can apply online or by mail/fax. For more information, text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211, visit the DCFS website at www.dcfs.la.gov/getSNAP, email LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • You’ll need to have this information on hand for applying: Names, Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth for each household member; Address and Parish where you currently live; Monthly income for each household member; All liquid resources for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings)
  • If your employment has been impacted for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease), please review the following information about assistance available. The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will do all that we can to ensure impacted workers receive the benefits for which they are eligible.
  • Do any of these situations apply to you?
    1. Your work hours have been reduced because of lack of work due to Coronavirus.
    2. Your workplace closes temporarily, and you are not being compensated.
    3. You have been instructed not to go to work, and you are not being paid while at home.
  •  You MAY be eligible for unemployment insurance. You can file a claim at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling our Claim Center at 866-783-5567. Effective March 17, 2020, we have extended our Claim Center hours to 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Be sure to answer “yes” to the question, “Are you filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?” This will provide needed information to the LWC to
    help process your claim.
  • If your work hours have been reduced, partial benefits could be available to you up to a maximum of $247 a week. You must report any earnings for the week that you work, even if you’ve not yet been paid. Report the gross amount before deductions. These earnings would be factored into the amount of unemployment benefits paid to you for that week.
  • A number of factors determine eligibility for benefits. The LWC reviews each case separately.
  • The maximum number of weeks that unemployment benefits can be paid per claim is 26 weeks in a 12-month period.
  • Wages and vacation pay (received or will receive) MUST be reported when you file your unemployment claim. Sick leave and PTO do not need to be reported.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: As per the Governor’s proclamation, for individuals whose employment has been impacted due to COVID-19:
    Work search requirements are waived and Week of waiting is waived

Abbeville General will open the first public testing site for COVID-19 in Vermilion Parish on from 10:00 AM until noon at Erath/Delcambre Community Care Clinic (220 North Rd. Erath). The complete process should take about 30 minutes.

  • This testing site will be open daily until further notice
  • Only high risk people will be screened, as determined by questions asked by nurses and providers
  • Persons not meeting criteria will be asked to exit the line.
  • Stay in your vehicle for safety
  • Have your ID and insurance card (if available)
  • No bathrooms are available to public
  • Maximum 2 people per vehicle can be screened
  • Please leave all pets at home
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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

FOOD PICK-UP & DELIVERY

If you have a food-oriented business that is making accommodations for customers during the outbreak, we’d love to hear about it. We would love as many local businesses as possible on the list. If you are one of these businesses, and are seeking labor to assist, we’d love to know that too! Please email details to info@developvermilion.org 

Access the listing here: www.developvermilion.org/eat