COVID-19 testing began last week in Washington Parish, with a strong response to the first two days of tests, which were held in Franklinton.
Last Friday, testing was held at the Fairgrounds and 96 people were tested. The next day, Saturday, 61 were tested at Franklinton Primary School. Testing will continue for Washington Parish residents at the parish locations listed below. These tests are provided by the Louisiana Department of Health with the assistance of the Louisiana National Guard. To be tested, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Louisiana ID. The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose while sitting in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly. You will then drop the sealed sample into a container on your way out of the drive-thru site. Those being tested need to wear a mask and stay inside their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check, and the self-administered test. Walk-up testing is not preferred due to safety concerns.
Here is the remaining schedule for Washington Parish, and it has been modified because of Tropical Storm Cristobal:
Testing will take place from 8:00 am to approximately 11:00 am --Thursday June 18, Varnado; at Varnado High, 25543 Washington St, •Friday June 19, Pine; at Pine High, 28351 Hwy 424 •Thursday June 15, Angie; at Old Angie Junior High, 64433 Dixon St •Friday June 16 Mt. Hermon; at Mt Hermon School, 36119 Hwy 38
Meanwhile, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Monday that the state will move into Phase 2 of re-opening as of this Friday, June 5.
What this means:
•All businesses and organizations currently at 25% capacity can expand to 50%
•Casinos and video poker establishments may expand operations to 50% and 75% of gaming positions
•Massage establishments, tattoo parlors and esthetic services may operate at 50% capacity
•Bowling alleys, skating rinks, pool halls may resume operation at 50% capacity
•Bars that do not hold food service certificate can reopen at 25% capacity
•Arcades and children’s museums can reopen at 50% capacity
•Outdoor playgrounds and play centers may resume operation.
It is expected with the governor’s announcement that the Washington Parish School System will soon announce the July dates for graduation ceremonies at Franklinton High, Pine High, Mount Hermon High, and Varnado High. When the dates are announced, we will post them at www.era-leader.com