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Ochsner LSU Health offers free COVID-19 testing at Shreveport recreation centers

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is offering free coronavirus testing this week at several recreation centers in Shreveport.

Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is encouraged that you get tested to know your COVID-19 status in order to prevent illness in others.

Coronavirus testing will be provided at the following locations:

Monday, Nov. 30

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bill Cockrell Community Center – 4109 Pines Rd., Shreveport

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Querbes Park Community Center – 3500 Beverly Place, Shreveport

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Querbes Park Community Center – 3500 Beverly Place, Shreveport

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Billberry Park Community Center – 1902 Alabama Ave., Shreveport

Friday, Dec. 4

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Billberry Park Community Center – 1902 Alabama Ave., Shreveport

If you want to be tested please bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized.

You will receive your test results within 3-4 days via the MyChart patient portal or by phone.

Those who test positive will have the opportunity to participate in Ochsner’s 14-day symptom tracker program designed for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospital care. Participants receive daily text messages to monitor symptoms and can be connected to our 24/7 nurse on-call line for additional support.

In addition to offering community testing, Ochsner LSU Health has the following resources available:

  • Call the free COVID-19 information line at 844-888-2772 for 24/7 advice.
  • Ochsner LSU Health patients can schedule a video visit with their provider and send secure messages via MyChart.
  • New patients can see a provider over video through ochsnerlsuhs.org/anywhere or via the Ochsner Anywhere Care app.

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AC a welcome addition to San Angelo recreation centers, more improvements on the way

SAN ANGELO — For the first time in many years, the City of San Angelo recreation centers had air conditioning in the gymnasiums for summer 2020.



a sign on the side of a building: Renovations at the Southside Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to make conditions more comfortable for patrons of the facility.


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Renovations at the Southside Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to make conditions more comfortable for patrons of the facility.

I know the kids who attended summer camp, the staff and the participants in both youth and adult sports all appreciated the improvements. It was definitely a long time coming and something that was needed in the West Texas heat. Especially with the mandatory wearing of masks in City facilities.

The air conditioning was a great improvement but your recreation division is not stopping there with the improvements to facilities. We are continuing to improve what we have the best we can. People driving by South Side Recreation Center will notice a different color than the old faded blue building. The facility is now a light gray and the other two facilities will follow shortly with a makeover. Definitely an improvement noticed and needed.

The inside of the facilities are looking much better, as well. The outstanding recreation professionals I have on my team do a great job with the upkeep of the old buildings daily but they took it a step further during the COVID time. The inside of the gyms and surrounding areas have numerous days spent painting them. Carl Ray John Recreation Center and South Side have not looked as good as they do right now for years.

North Side Recreation Center is getting some major upgrades, as well. A new roof is getting closer to completion on the building. As mentioned, the outside will be painted the same light gray as the other two facilities in the coming weeks.



a blue bench in front of a building: Renovations at the Carl Ray Johnson Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to improve conditions for patrons of the facility.


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Renovations at the Carl Ray Johnson Recreation Center, seen in this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 photo, are expected to improve conditions for patrons of the facility.

The improvements come just in time for our largest youth league to begin. For youth basketball, we are anticipating a slight decrease in the number of teams from what we have seen in the past couple of years but we are excited to get it going and see so many kids working on and improving their skills on the court. The format may be a little different this year; of course, the school gyms that we normally use for the large league are not available for rent due to COVID. We will make it happen in some fashion, we just ask all parents and coaches to be ready for the changes and to adjust with us.

I cannot talk about youth basketball in San Angelo and not thank the coaches who come out year after year. We have relationships with many of them and that is how we like to do business. Some of these coaches continue to come back even though their kids have

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Recreation Centers reopening in Macon-Bibb, new PPE distribution hours

MACON, Ga. — As recreation centers reopen, the hours for distributing personal protective equipment is changing to align with hours the centers will be open. 

According to a news release, for all recreation centers except the Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center, people can pick up their free PPE from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

PPE will be available at the Senior Center from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Those that visit a center are allowed ten facemasks, five pairs of gloves, and four bottles of hand sanitizer. 

As of October 30: 201,013 masks; 158,652 gloves; and 24,500 bottles of hand sanitizers have been given out. 

Below are the addresses for the recreation center

  • Delores A. Brooks Recreation Center – 3326 Ocmulgee East Boulevard
  • Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center – 132 Willie Smokie Glover Drive
  • Frank Johnson Recreation Center – 2227 Mercer University Drive
  • Freedom Park – 3301 Roff Avenue
  • Gilead/Bloomfield Recreation Center – 1931 Rocky Creek Road
  • L.H. Williams Recreation Center – 325 Pursley Street
  • Memorial Park Recreation Center – 763 Long Street
  • Rosa Jackson Recreation Center – 1211 Maynard Street
  • South Bibb Recreation Center – 7035 Houston Road
  • Theron Ussery Recreation Center – 815 North Macon Park Drive

Recreation Centers reopen to the public on Monday, November 2.

There are now restrictions in place to help maintain COVID-19 preventative measures, including limits on the number of people in the building, use of PPE, and more.

Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center

  1. 132 Willie Smokie Glover Drive
  2. Monday – Friday
  3. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  4. Only 35 people will be permitted per session: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  5. Temperatures will be checked before people will be allowed in the Center. Masks will be required throughout the building, except when participating in a fitness class when social distancing can be maintained.

Recreation Centers

  • Monday – Friday
  • 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Only 25 people will be allowed in the building at a time, and temperatures will be checked prior to entry. Masks will be required throughout the building, except when participating in a fitness class or using the fitness room when social distancing can be maintained.

Contact your nearest recreation center for specific programming and schedules, but the general schedule for them will be as follows:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – General use
  • 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Youth programming
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Instructor/Fitness class

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Greenwood deputies locate inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) said they located an inmate who escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.



website: Dwight Dewayne Smith


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Dwight Dewayne Smith


According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

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Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m.

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

Major Smith with GCSO said Smith was located and taken back in custody at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning after receiving an anonymous tip that he was at a residence on Edgefield Street, which is the same road that the detention center is on.

Officials said Smith has been charged with escape and bond for the charge will be set Sunday afternoon.

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Greenwood deputies locate inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) said they located an inmate who escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

Major Smith with GCSO said the inmate was located at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning at a residence on Edgefield Street which is the same road that the detention center is on.

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Greenwood deputies looking for inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is looking for an inmate escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at 864-942-8600, by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC, or by sending tips to the GCSO Facebook page. 

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Alexandria Recreation Centers To Be Reserved For Voting On Nov. 3

ALEXANDRIA, VA — City of Alexandria recreation centers will be open only for voting on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

  • Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street
  • Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility, 3210 King Street
  • James K. Polk Recreation Center, 5000 Polk Avenue
  • John Adams Recreation Center, 5651 Rayburn Avenue
  • Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street
  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Avenue
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue

Before the recreation centers resume normal operations on Wednesday, Nov. 4, they will undergo deep cleaning as a safety precaution.

In-person voting locations will follow polling place safety guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Office of Voter Registration and Elections’ preparations include training for election officers, limiting the number of people inside each polling place at one time, providing hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies at each polling place, using extensive signage and floor markers, and providing plexiglass shields between voters and staff where needed. Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will encourage proper mask use and physical distancing in outdoor lines and indoor polling places.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. An acceptable form of identification is required to vote in person, but it no longer has to be a photo ID. Examples of accepted IDs include a Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued photo ID, U.S. passport, and copy of a utility bill, paycheck or other government document showing the voter’s address.

For more election information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Elections.

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City of Norfolk announces new operations for libraries, recreation centers

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk has announced new hours and operations for its libraries and recreation centers.

Starting November 2, the Norfolk Public Library will reopen three additional neighborhood branches, and Recreation, Parks and Open Space will reopen indoor pools. Slover will have new operating hours starting October 24.

To follow Department of Health guidelines while providing resources to the community, the following branches will operate two days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Neighborhood Branch Address Days of Operation
Barron F. Black 6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive Tuesday & Wednesday
Park Place 620 W. 29th Street Thursday & Friday
Van Wyck 1368 De Bree Avenue Monday & Friday

All open NPL locations are Grab-n-Go.

The Jordan-Newby and Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branches will keep the same operating hours, which are Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Below are the new operating hours for first floor browsing and Grab-n-Go for Slover Library, starting October 24:

  • Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Starting November 2, RPOS will reopen indoor pools at the following locations:

Indoor Pool Address Operating Days/Hours
Northside Swimming Pool 8401 Tidewater Drive Monday & Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Huntersville Community Center 830 Goff Street Wednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Southside Aquatics Center (SSAC) 1750 Campostella Road

Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Only registered participants are allowed in the facility.

Each facility has a maximum occupancy of 30 members at a time

  • One participant per lane (six lanes total)
  • Five to seven participants for non-lane swimming
  • 15 max participants in the multi-purpose room

All participants are required to reserve space for pool use. Reservations can be made online here. Lane reservations cannot exceed 30 minutes, and non-lane reservations cannot exceed 40 minutes.

Masks are required while not in the pool. Locker rooms will remain closed, based on recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.

Recreational walk-in pool usage is temporarily discontinued until further notice due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

For more information, visit the NPL , Slover and RPOS web pages.

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Denver’s 30 recreation centers likely to remain closed until mid-April

Denver’s 30 recreation centers — which closed as the coronavirus pandemic hit the city in March — will remain shuttered until mid-April at the earliest while the short-staffed Parks and Recreation Department pivots its resources, city officials have told The Denver Post.

Barring an immediate drop in COVID-19 cases, a vaccine or some other dramatic change, safely opening the city’s recreation centers isn’t a feasible option, said John Martinez, deputy executive director of recreation.

Still, as the weather turns colder and cooped-up Denverites look for things to do, the department will work to provide new options, he said.

“We’re going to beef up our virtual programming,” Martinez said. “Our goal is to keep people safe. The last thing we want to do is go too fast and then we have to take steps backwards.”

With 30 recreation centers — each with different layouts, facilities and staffing — it’s a logistical nightmare to open them and still be able to prevent further spread of the virus, said Parks and Recreation spokesperson Cyndi Karvaski. Until the department can figure that out or until the virus no longer presents such a substantial threat, the buildings must remain closed.

“It’s very difficult to have all this signage, physical distancing, janitorial service,” Karvaski said. “How we clean the equipment after each use? There’s just so many people.”

However, the department has been able to shift some of its resources outside, where physical distancing is much easier, and online, Karvaski said. Those programs — mostly arts- or fitness-related — are well suited for children and older adults, the recreation centers’ largest target demographics.

Some of the programs are conducted live, while videos for others are posted online and through the department’s social media channels so patrons can participate on their own time.

Online programming includes teaching children to imagine themselves as superheroes and to create their own super challenges to accomplish, drawing and dancing lessons and workout videos for active older adults.

The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver has also partnered with the remote learning center at the Athmar Recreation Center in Ruby Hill for some of that online programming, spokesperson Annie Zdrojewski said.

In addition, outdoor programs include youth sports camps at Valverde, Swansea and Parkfield Lake parks and the Lowry Sports Complex, Karvaski said.

A full list of available programs can be found online at denvergov.org/recreation.

As the weather turns colder and outdoor options become less viable, Martinez said he wants to shift even further online to give folks something to do this winter. About 3,500 patrons have participated in the department’s online programs since July — a far cry from the 40,000 patrons that used just the Carla Madison Recreation Center on East Colfax each month, Martinez acknowledged.

About 2.5 million people use the city’s recreation centers in a normal year, Karvaski said.

It’s not just the number of patrons that is dwindling, the department’s staff also has taken a hit during the pandemic as well.

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Summit recreation centers work to expand amenities as health regulations allow

Sanitizer and towels are lined up behind the front desk at the Silverthorne Recreation Center on June 24. The center previously was closed from 1-3 p.m. each weekday but now will be open to the public during those hours.
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FRISCO — The recreation centers in Silverthorne and Breckenridge are working to slowly roll out more offerings as resources and health regulations allow.

The Silverthorne Recreation Center has expanded its operating hours to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, adding an additional three hours open to the public. Before the change, the center was open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and closed from 1-3 p.m. for cleaning. The center will no longer close in the afternoons.

Recreation Center Manager Steven Herrman said the center also has reopened some amenities, including some lockers and showers, and added household reservations for the pool or gymnasium. In these two areas, people from the same household can reserve up to four spots in the gym or five spots in the pool. Pickleball reservations for up to four people also are available.

Herrman said that while the center would like to open up some weekend hours for individual workouts and classes, there currently isn’t enough staffing to do so. However, the facility is still used on weekends for swim lessons and for middle school and high school club sports that typically would practice at the high school.

Herrman said the center is preparing for more demand as the weather changes and people move to indoor exercise. 

“Right now, our focus is going to be really dialing in our current operations, trying to educate on some of our policies and procedures a little bit more, and trying to work toward some weekend hours while balancing everything,” Herrman said.

The final fall program session for November and December opened for registration Monday, Oct. 19. The programs provide after-school activities like swim lessons, gymnastics, volleyball or outdoor activities. Herrman said mornings are busier and tend to fill up with 25 available reservations per 45-minute time slot. Evening hours are gaining more traction, and Herrman expects them to fill up when the snow starts to set in. He noted that capacities won’t be expanded unless the county’s COVID-19 dial moves in a positive direction. 

In an effort to step up sanitation measures, Herrman noted that a bipolar ionization system was installed in the facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the beginning of the month. Currently, maintenance staff is testing the system for efficiency. 

“We’re definitely constantly exploring better ways to improve the safety of our indoor space so we can keep our doors open,” Herrman said. 

Farther south, the Breckenridge Recreation Center has a maximum use capacity of 50 people indoors and is open from 5:30-7 p.m. weekdays, which is a 90 minute extension from when the center originally reopened. While the climbing wall, leisure pool and indoor playground remain closed, lap lanes are open, and the personal training program

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