Impacts of COVID-19 on community felt

By Crystal Nix

Whether you live in a big city or a small community, COVID-19 has caused lots of changes. DeQuincy has seen its share of them.

Our schools have closed for the remainder of the year. Our high school seniors have missed prom and traditional graduation ceremonies. DeQuincy High School seniors will have a graduation ceremony, but not in their home stadium. According to the Calcasieu Parish School Board website, the graduation ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium at Sulphur High School, located at 100 Sycamore St. in Sulphur. Several factors were considered when selecting Matt Walker Stadium as the location for ceremonies. Family and friends can watch the ceremony live on CPSB-TV Facebook page. Videos of each ceremony are archived for future enjoyment and memories.

Our local beauticians, barbers and gyms had to close their doors over a month ago. Other businesses have cut their hours. Many of the businesses that are open have installed shields and/or signs and marks to remind people to social distance. We’re sanitizing shopping carts and wearing masks for grocery shopping.

There’s a great concern for the local economy. Just this week, Georgia Pacific announced they are temporarily closing their doors and laying off 188 employees due to the low demand for lumber.

We are all wondering how long this is going to last, and how will we overcome.

However, our community is strong. I see families spending quality time together, neighbors checking on elderly neighbors, and people finding God where there is no building. When I see these things, I have no doubt we will persevere.