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Calcasieu Parish updates COVID-19 drive through testing requirements

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 19:10:55-04

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Calcaseiu Parish Police Jury announced on Tuesday that they have updated the eligibility criteria for its COVID-19 drive-through testing site.

According to the police jury, the criteria for testing eligibility is now for fever and one of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

The police jury says that testing will continue from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. April 1-2 at the Burton Coliseum Complex located at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.

Residents may begin lining up at 8:30 a.m.

According to the police jury, residents of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parishes are eligible. Those seeking testing should bring a driver’s license or state-issued identification and any insurance information they may have. A doctor’s referral is not needed.

They add that residents under the age of 16 will not be tested, and that the 60 or over age requirement has been lifted. Residents who do not meet these eligibility requirements will not be tested.

The police jury says that this site is intended for people who need testing and have mild or moderate symptoms. Residents who are ill enough to require emergency care, should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

According to the police jury, testing is performed by a National Reference Laboratory and the result may take up to 10 days to obtain.