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Free mobile testing sites set for this week

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 06:58:22-04

Free COVID-19 drive-through testing continues this week in Acadiana.

The Louisiana National Guard and LDH have partnered with parish governments in Acadia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes to offer the free tests.

See below for schedule:

Acadia Parish:

Monday July 20th through Friday July 24th, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Acadia Rice Arena, 159 Cherokee Drive, Crowley 70526

Lafayette Parish:

Monday, July 20th through August 2nd 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
ULL Cajun Field 2351 W Congress Street, Lafayette LA 70506 (enter from Gate 3 on Congress Street)

St Martin Parish:

Monday July 20th through Tuesday July 21st , 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Parc Hardy. 1290 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge LA 70517.

Wednesday July 22nd through Friday July 24th 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Magnolia Park. 100 Magnolia Drive, St Martinville LA 70582

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and should be completed at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com prior to arriving at the site. Under test locations, click “Louisiana” then choose site, date, and time that you plan to attend.

Here are some things to know:

  • People will be allowed to register at the site, but can expect longer waits.
  • Testing will be available for any Louisiana resident at least 5 years old. Guardians must accompany anyone under 16.
  • Testing is open to everyone. No ID is needed for testing.
  • People must provide a phone number and email address.
  • 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. There will be separate lines for those who have pre-registered and for those who must register on-site.
  • 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. This will be observed by trained personnel to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.
  • This mobile testing site is a being stood up with the Federal Government in coordination with LDH and local partners.
  • This mobile tests site is part of the federal government’s effort to support communities that have been identified as COVID-19 hotspots, or communities where there has been a recent and intense level of new cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak.

How will results be obtained?

  • It is expected to take three to five days to get test results.
  • People who test positive will also be contacted by phone. There is no phone number for people to call to get their results.

For more information, contact the LDH Region 4 Office of Public Health at (337) 262-5311.