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Calcasieu Parish make changes to evacuee transportation amid the pandemic

Posted at 10:40 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 00:03:06-04

Mandatory evacuations are underway in Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes.

Today 400 people were bused out but amid the pandemic, more precautions are being taken.

"We're having to do social distancing everyone has to have a mask, we're doing temperature checks, we're doing hand sanitizer. When you walk in and we have everybody spaced out. So that has really changed the whole focus of the way we've done things," said Medical Reserve Corps Director Angela Jouett.

After temperatures are checked and hands are cleaned, everyone registers in a spaced out area before going to the main floor of the Burton Coliseum.

"They are six feet apart just like we would do regular. We have chairs spaced out and when they come into our registration we have that actually taped off and spaced out and they're lined in accordingly."

Once evacuees make it through registration and seating, they are brought outside to board the buses where they will either be transported to Alexandria or Baton Rouge.

"Special needs is going to Alexandria and we do have some people going to Baton Rouge; I think it'll be hotels," said Jouett.

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