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New Vermilion Parish Superintendent Tommy Byler (left) checks his temperature by placing his wrist in front of a sensor before entering the school board meeting room. Maintenance Supervisor Kerry Richard points to another sensor where Byler could place his forehead to check his temperature. Each school will have a “SafeCheck” like this one at the front of their school. Every student and staff will have to walk through it before going into the school building.

All public schools in Vermilion Parish will have temperature devices to walk through

At Monday night’s Vermilion Parish School Board meeting, board members had to walk through what looked like a metal detector before entering the meeting room. It was a detector, but it was not looking for metal, it was reading the body temperature of all of the board members.
Because of COVID-19, the school district purchased at least 20 “SafeCheck” systems, which screens individuals as young as three years old.

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Abbeville's finances holding steady through first half of 2020

For the past several years, Abbeville officials have made it a common practice to hold a meeting to review the city’s finances after the first six months of the year.
In 2020, the first half of the year has looked anything but common.
Still, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some aspects of the financial report that mirror past years. Steven Moosa, a CPA with Darnall, Sikes & Frederick, updated the City Council during a finance committee meeting on Aug. 4.
“We look at the first six months in a year,” Moosa said, “to get an idea of where we are running.”

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Tina Marie Broussard has risen through the ranks of the registrar of voters’ office in the court house. She now sits behind the desk given to the Vermilion Parish registrar of voters. She is the first female in the parish to hold that title.

Making History: Broussard is Vermilion Parish's first female Registrar of Voters

On Thursday, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury interviewed and then hired the new registrar of voters for the parish. It was also a historical hire.
The policy jury unanimously selected Tina Marie Broussard as the next registrar of voters. She is no stranger to the office.

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A telehealth system being designed in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions will enable faculty members and students to assist overburdened medical professionals working in emergency rooms and urgent care clinics. The network is being implemented through a $271,850 grant from the Federal Communications Commission. (Photo credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

UL Lafayette's College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions creating telehealth system

The College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is developing a telehealth network designed to ease workloads of health care professionals in emergency rooms and urgent care clinics.
Faculty members and students will help hospitals and physicians screen people with COVID-19. The system will also enable the college’s nurse practitioners to diagnose and provide treatment plans for patients with less serious conditions, such as viral infections or sinusitis, for example.

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