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Free COVID-19 testing coming to St. Landry Parish

Free mobile COVID-19 testing will be available throughout St. Landry Parish starting June 16 and continuing through July 7.
The Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health and St. Landry Parish government have teamed up with the Louisiana National Guard to offer the testing. The Guard will staff the sites from 8 to 11 a.m.
Dates and sites are:
— June 16, Palmetto, Palmetto Elementary, 235 Rideau Road;
— June 17, Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie Elementary, 669 La. 363;
— June 18, Eunice, Eunice High School, 301 S. Bobcat Dr.;

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LSU professor Mike Henderson surveyed Louisiana residents on the risks of doing various activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Abbie Shull/LSU Manship School News Service)

Surveys find conflicted views on reopening

Two LSU professors released surveys Monday showing that Louisiana residents have conflicted feelings about the reopening of the state and the risks of various activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seventy-five percent of respondents reported feeling uncomfortable about attending large sports or entertainment events, and 77% were uncomfortable getting on an airplane. Sixty percent were nervous about eating in a restaurant, and 56% were reluctant to go to barber shops or hair salons.

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Council OKs seeking coronavirus money

The St. Landry Parish Council approved applying for up to $2.3 million in reimbursement for expenses directly related to the coronavirus.
In a teleconference meeting, Amanda Cain, finance director and acting administrator, said parish government won’t have $2.3 million in expenses, but the CARES Act funding does offer 100% reimbursement.
FEMA reimburses 75% of emergency expenses, she said.
The funding will not cover lost revenue. Cain said the shutdown of gambling in the parish eliminated a source of revenue for two months, she said.

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What will school look like this fall?

St. Landry Parish public school leaders say their planning for the next school year may be a mix of virtual learning and traditional classes.
In a virtual meeting Thursday, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins said, “At this time LDE (Louisiana Department of Education) has not provided any guidance regarding fall education...”
Friday’s move to Phase 2 in the response to the coronavirus allows for facilities to operate at 50% of capacity, he noted.

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Mayor Scott Fontenot

City’s reopening hit some glitches

Golfing that had resumed at the Eunice Country Club had to be suspended for a week after a tournament was followed by a couple cases of COVID-19.
The reopening and shutdown is one of the few glitches in the city’s emergence from the coronavirus shutdown that started in March.
The country’s club’s Spring Classic was scheduled in April, but the club was shutdown then.
So the event was held Memorial Day weekend with about 50 people in attendance, according to Steve Saucier, club president.


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