As we are officially four days into the new year, the word has just hit that Mayor Nic Hunter has tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Hunter is currently resting at home, as he follows the advice of his personal physician.

This comes a little more than two months after Sheriff Tony Mancuso tested positive for COVID-19. When the pandemic began, the City of Lake Charles instituted precautions to limit public appearances, practice social distancing, and there was a daily reminder to wear masks in public places.

While we have had to endure much over the last year including hurricanes and the pandemic, the city has still remained resilient through it all. This is simply another reminder that we need to take care of ourselves and to follow the guidelines given by the public health agencies and our local officials. Continue to wear your mask, keep six feet distance, and more than ever, wash your hands for at least 30 seconds.

We can beat this, but we have to follow the protocol and minimize gatherings and other social activities until things get better. We wish Mayor Nic Hunter a speedy recovery as he is a personal friend of all of us here at Townsquare Media.

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