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For immediate Release:
April 20, 2020

Parish President provides update on health

OPELOUSAS — St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot gave an update on his health yesterday.  Fontenot was diagnosed with a type of skin cancer known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma earlier this year.

“My treatments are going well, and I am recovering,” said Fontenot.  “I’m not out of the woods just yet, but I’ve learned to enjoy each day given to me.”

He thanked his doctors, nurses, and technicians who have been helping him recover after his diagnosis. 

“I wanted to let everyone know I’m doing well, and that I appreciate those who have been praying and expressing concerns for me,”  said Fontenot.  “It really has helped me to know that so many in the parish care about my family and me.”

Fontenot said he is looking forward to returning to work, soon, and he continues to check in with the parish government.  He has been keeping abreast of all recent activities around the COVID-19 response.

“Social distancing continues to be proven to be working, and now with the parish new Safe Shop order, it’s more important than ever,” said Fontenot.  “By working together, we will get through this pandemic and get the parish, its municipalities, and its businesses moving forward again.”

He encouraged St. Landry Parish citizens and businesses to follow the CDC’s guidelines and the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order.

Fontenot has given administrative authority to St. Landry Parish Chief Financial Officer Amanda Cain and Administrative Coordinator Richard Lucito, to run the day-to-day operations of the parish while he is out of the office.

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