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More Covid-19 testing coming to the 5-parish area

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 | Views: 2293

More Covid-19 testing coming to the 5-parish area

Neighborhood-based COVID-19 testing coming to Northshore parishes
Baton Rouge, La. (May 22, 2020) — Beginning next week on Tuesday, residents of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes will have more local options for COVID-19 testing. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health and local parish governments, Louisiana National Guard will be operating mobile testing sites will make it more convenient for Northshore residents to get a test.

Mobile testing uses trucks and equipment operated by the Louisiana National Guard to bring testing kits to neighborhood locations such as schools, churches, retail stores, parks and other local neighborhood locations.

Dr. Gina Lagarde, the Office of Public Health regional medical director for the five-parish region, said, “This partnership greatly increases testing opportunity for residents, especially in the rural and unincorporated areas of these parishes.”

“Several hospitals and other community testing sites in our region have offered COVID-19 tests that have helped us to understand the prevalence of the coronavirus in our region,” Dr. Lagarde said. “We are now working to increase the number of test sites, to bring the sites closer to where people live, shop and visit during a typical day, and serve those communities that have may have been under served or could not access a central test site.”

Starting Tuesday, May 26, the mobile testing units and Louisiana National Guard testing personnel will visit different sites in St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes. Testing will last for four weeks, through June 19, 2020.

Testing Dates and Sites
WASHINGTON PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Friday 
5/29/2020 
Franklinton 
Washington 
WP Fairgrounds 
100 Main St. 
Saturday 
5/30/2020 
Franklinton 
Washington 
Franklinton Primary School 
Thursday 
6/4/2020 
Bogalusa 
Washington 
Cassidy Park 
Willis Avenue  
Friday 
6/5/2020 
Bogalusa 
Washington 
Industrial Park 
Industrial Parkway Drive 
Thursday 
6/11/2020 
Varnado 
Washington 
Varnado High School 
Friday 
6/12/2020 
Pine 
Washington 
Pine High School 
28351 LA 424 
Thursday  
6/18/2020 
Angie 
Washington 
Old Angie Junior High 
64433 Dixon St. 
Friday 
6/19/2020 
Mt. Hermon 
Washington 
Mt. Hermon School 
TANGIPAHOA PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Tuesday
5/26/2020 
Amite 
Tangipahoa 
Florida Parishes Arena
Wednesday 
5/27/2020 
Amite 
Tangipahoa 
Florida Parishes Arena 
Thursday 
5/28/2020 
Kentwood 
Tangipahoa 
Kentwood High School 
603 9th  St. 
Monday 
6/1/2020 
Roseland  
Tangipahoa 
Roseland State Warehouse 
Tuesday 
6/2/2020 
Tangipahoa 
Tangipahoa 
United Methodist 
Wednesday 
6/3/2020 
Chesbrough 
Tangipahoa 
Chesbrough Elementary 
Monday 
6/8/2020 
Loranger 
Tangipahoa 
Loranger HS 
Tuesday 
6/9/2020 
Tickfaw 
Tangipahoa 
Nesom Middle School 
Wednesday 
6/10/2020 
Natalbany 
Tangipahoa 
Eagle Heights Church 
Monday 
6/15/2020 
Ponchatoula 
Tangipahoa 
Ponchatoula Lions Club 
Tuesday 
6/16/2020 
Robert 
Tangipahoa 
Robert SuperMarket 
U.S. 190 W 
Wednesday 
6/17/2020 
Hammond 
Tangipahoa 
SELU University Center 
LIVINGSTON PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Tuesday 
5/26/2020 
Denham Springs 
Livingston 
L.M. Lockhart/West Livingston  
Wednesday 
5/27/2020 
Denham Springs 
Livingston 
Walmart Neighborhood Market 
25820 LA 16 
Saturday  
5/30/2020 
Denham Springs 
Livingtston 
Live Oak Middle School 
Monday 
6/1/2020 
Walker 
Livingston 
Sidney Hutchinson Park 
Tuesday  
6/2/2020 
Denham Springs 
Livingston 
Grey's Creek Elementary 
Wednesday 
6/3/2020 
Livingston 
Livingston 
The Church International 
Monday 
6/8/2020 
Livingston 
Livingston 
Livingston Fairgrounds 
Tuesday 
6/9/2020 
Albany 
Livingston 
Albany High School 
29700 1 Horney Lane 
Wednesday 
6/10/2020 
French Settlement 
Livingston 
St. Joseph Catholic Church 
Monday
6/15/2020 
Springfield 
Livingston 
American Legion Hall 
26200 LA 43 
Tuesday 
6/16/2020 
Killian 
Livingston 
Killian Town Hall 
Wednesday 
6/17/2020 
Maurepas 
Livingston 
Maurepas High School 
23923 LA 22 
ST. HELENA PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Thursday
5/28/2020 
Greensburg 
St. Helena 
Turner Chapel 
Friday 
5/29/2020 
West Amite 
St. Helena 
Multi Purpose Center 
Thursday 
6/4/2020 
Rural Site 
St. Helena 
Apostilic Assembly Temple 
Friday 
6/5/2020 
Greensburg  
St. Helena 
St. Helena High School 
137 College St. 
Thursday 
6/11/2020 
Greensburg 
St. Helena 
Sheriff's Substation 
Friday 
6/12/2020 
Montpelier  
St. Helena  
Town Hall 
Thursday 
6/18/2020 
Kentwood 
St. Helena 
Fire Station  
Friday  
6/19/2020 
Greensburg 
St. Helena 
Turner Chapel 
ST. TAMMANY PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Tuesday 
5/26/2020 
Slidell 
St. Tammany 
1st Baptist Church 
Wednesday 
5/27/2020 
Slidell 
St. Tammany 
1st Baptist Church 
Thursday 
5/28/2020 
Slidell 
St. Tammany 
North Side Plaza 
Friday 
5/29/2020 
Pearl River 
St. Tammany 
Jubilee Foods 
Saturday 
5/30/2020 
Sun/Bush 
St. Tammany 
Village Caisno and Bingo 
Monday 
6/1/2020 
Mandeville 
St. Tammany 
Community Center 
Tuesday 
6/2/2020 
Mandeville  
St. Tammany 
Community Center 
Wednesday 
6/3/2020 
Mandeville 
St. Tammany 
Church of the Kings  
Thursday
6/4/2020 
Mandeville 
St. Tammany 
Premier Center (Tentative) 
LA 190 and North Causeway Blvd. 
Friday 
6/5/2020 
LaCombe 
St. Tammany 
Recreation District #4 
61100 N. 12th St. 
Monday
6/8/2020 
Madisonville 
St. Tammany 
Ball Park 
1007 Pine St. 
Tuesday 
6/8/2020 
Madisonville 
St. Tammany 
Ball Park 
1007 Pine St. 
Wednesday 
6/10/2020 
Madisonville 
St. Tammany 
Coquille Recreation Center (Tentative) 
Thursday 
6/11/2020 
Folsom 
St. Tammany 
Fendlason Community Center 
Friday 
6/12/2020 
Float 
St. Tammany 
 
 
Monday 
6/15/2020 
Covington 
St. Tammany 
Pinnacle Mall (Tentative) 
Tuesday  
6/16/2020 
Covington 
St. Tammany 
Planet Fitness (Tentative) 
401 N. LA 190 
Wednesday 
6/17/2020 
Covington 
St. Tammany 
Fair Ground 
Thursday 
6/18/2020 
Abita Springs 
St. Tammany 
Recreation Center 
Friday 
6/19/2020 
Abita Springs 
St. Tammany 
Recreation Center 

“The Louisiana National Guard proudly partners with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health and local parish leaders to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Louisiana to better serve the community and Protect What Matters," said Brig. Gen. Cindy H. Haygood, the Guard’s assistant adjutant general. "With our public health partners and support of local parish leadership, we have the equipment and the medical personnel to bring testing to the communities where people live.”

Test site details
The sites, which will be staffed by members of the Louisiana National Guard, are open for a period of five days per week. Because of the Memorial Day holiday, the first week will start Tuesday, May 26 and run through Saturday, May 30. Thereafter, the schedule starting June 1 will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
Testing is for open for any Louisiana resident 18 years of age and older with valid Louisiana identification.
The testing site will be conducted as a drive-thru test site.
Once on 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, but walk-ups will not be turned away.
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, 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.
Once received, the Office of Public Health will contact those who were tested to communicate their results and share any necessary information.
While awaiting results, individuals who have been tested should follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.
Contact tracing underway

Dr. Lagarde added that contact tracing is also underway throughout the region. “Contact tracing can help us quickly identify and contain spread of the virus,” she added. “Everyone can help protect themselves, their families and the community by talking openly with the contact tracer if called. The call is private and your information will not be shared with other people.”

Contact tracing is crucial as Louisiana eases restrictions on businesses and activities. Contact tracing works as follows: When someone tests positive, a contact tracer will try to call everyone who came in close contact with the COVID-positive person. Everyone called by a contact tracer is advised to watch themselves for signs of illness for 14 days from when they first came in contact with the COVID-19 person.

All contact tracers will call from 877-766-2130. If someone calls from a number other than 877-766-2130, claims to be a contact tracer and asks for personal information, hang up immediately.

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