Tony Mancuso

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has tested positive for COVID-19.

With the chaos and recovery of Hurricane Laura enough to handle during the past 10 days, one might forget the United States is in the middle of a pandemic.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Unfortunately earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” said Mancuso. “Although I tested positive I want the citizens of Calcasieu Parish to know I am dedicated to the recovery of our community.

“I will be continually working and quarantining in my office, away from everyone. Although I will not be able to attend any face to face meetings my Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory will be representing CPSO in my absence, and I will still be available for interviews and meetings through video or phone conferencing,” Sheriff Mancuso continued.

Since Hurricane Laura, the worst storm to hit Louisiana in nearly 150 years — made landfall and wreaked havoc on the Lake Area, Mancuso has been leading his men in the aftermath of clean-up and recovery.

“I also want to take this time to remind our community that this virus is still affecting people and we need to continue to take precautions to prevent COVID-19.”

Residents are reminded that wearing a mask and practicing social distancing is still the best method to avoid contracting the virus.