Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh recently shared her insights and experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic in the "Q&A with the RMDs" series on the LDH Blog.

“It’s hard to even go into the grocery store without seeing people I know who have been impacted by COVID in some way. Everyone has had a different challenge, but COVID has challenged everyone in some different way,” Dr. Cavanaugh writes about her region. “There isn’t a person I know untouched by the far-reaching effects of this virus.”

Dr. Cavanaugh is the regional medical director for Region 5, which includes the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis.

Louisiana’s nine regional medical directors (RMDs) oversee the parish health units that serve the daily public health needs of their communities. The RMDs are in constant contact with state health leadership and local leaders to help guide residents through the COVID-19 public health emergency, particularly among key demographics.