The Richland Parish unemployment rate increased 1.5 percent in January according to figures released by the Louisiana Works Commission.
The jobless rate for the parish rose from 6.9 percent in December 2019 to 8.4 percent in January 2020. The rate for January 2019 was 6.8 percent.
This reflects 686 people looking for work in January, up from 557 the month before and 558 a year ago. In all, 7,463 people were working in Tensas Parish in January, down from 7,567 the month before and 7,632 the previous year.
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash at 5:30 p.m. just west of Delhi on US Hwy 80.
The initial investigation by state police revealed the crash occurred as a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by 21-year-old Shemar L. Young of Rayville, was traveling westbound on US Hwy 80. For reasons still under investigation, the Camaro crossed the center line, traveled across the left side of the road and struck a large tree.
A Richland Parish resident had tested postive for the Covid-19.
"Richardson Medical Center has received our first confirmed positive test result for COVID-19," Richardson Medical Center Chief Executive Officer James W. Barrett Jr. announced Sunday. "The patient was advised upon testing earlier in the week to self quarantine and is receiving daily monitoring by their primary care provider."
Richland Parish is under a state of emergency as state officials work to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
"We need to take action," Richland Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Dawn Williams said. "I want every tool at my disposal."