Free COVID-19 testing will be available to parish residents

Published 3:48 am Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health and the Louisiana National Guard, free COVID-19 tests will be available to Washington Parish residents in the coming weeks.

The schedule of testing locations is as follows. Each testing site will be open from approximately 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

  • Friday, May 29 — Washington Parish Fairgrounds in Franklinton, 100 Main St.
  • Saturday, May 30 — Franklinton Primary School, 610 T.W. Barker Drive.
  • Thursday, June 4 — Cassidy Park in Bogalusa on Willis Avenue.
  • Friday, June 5 — Cassidy Park in Bogalusa on Willis Avenue.
  • Thursday, June 11 — Varnado High School, 25543 Washington St.
  • Friday, June 12 — Pine High School, 28351 Louisiana Highway 424.
  • Thursday, June 18 — Old Angie Jr. High School, 64433 Dixon St.
  • Friday, June 19 — Mt. Hermon School, 36119 Louisiana Highway 38.

In order to be tested, residents 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 on-site while in their vehicles, be observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.

Those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. Walk-up testing is not preferred, due to safety concerns.