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Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell says many false rumors are circulating in Ouachita Parish and across the state amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Sheriff's Office has fielded numerous rumors recently about state border stops, curfews, or whether martial law has been declared. The subject arose during a conference call of the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association.

"Rumors circulating the state regarding measures being taken were included in our discussion," Russell said. "There is not a curfew in effect for Ouachita Parish nor is one planned at this time. "Martial law has not been declared. No order for shelter in place has been given nor is it being considered at this time."

Residents are encouraged to check the source of information they receive.

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