Several South Louisiana parishes and cities are opening screening and testing sites for COVID-19 as numbers in the state continue to rise.
Below is a list of area sites that will be updated daily with screening times and other information.
Acadia Women's Health in Crowley is currently accepting patients who wish to be tested for COVID-19. Patients must first set up a virtual appointment to be screened by a healthcare provider. If the patient meets testing criteria, an appointment will be set to drive up and be tested for COVID-19. Patients must remain in their vehicles.
Only those who are exhibiting symptoms should be tested/screened. Those include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc.
Lab results are expected to take 24-48 hours to return.
More information HERE.
CALCASIEU PARISH (and surrounding areas)
A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is open at The Burton Complex in Lake Charles for residents who wish to be tested for the virus.
Drive-Through testing for COVID-19 will continue Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 am at the Burton Complex.
The tests are for persons with symptoms who are at high risk for complications.
Residents who seek 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. Residents may begin lining up at 8:30 am.
Testing will continue through 3:30 pm and will also be available Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 at the same times. It is also scheduled for the following week, Tuesday, April 7 through Thursday, April 9.
Criteria for testing eligibility is as follows:
- Fever 100.4 or greater
One other symptom below:
- Shortness of Breath □ Cough
One high risk condition below:
- Age over 60 years old
- Lung Disease (COPD, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis)
- Heart Disease (NOT including hypertension)
- Immunocompromised (HIV +, Cancer/Chemo within the past 2 years, Dialysis, Transplant recipient, or currently on medications that suppress your immune system).
A maximum of two people per vehicle may be tested and all must sit in the front seat of the vehicle. 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.
Persons not meeting the eligibility requirements will not be tested.
Testing is performed by a National Reference Laboratory and the result may take up to 10 days to obtain. A maximum of 130 tests per day can be performed.
No restrooms will be available. No pets allowed.
Residents with questions about the service should call 211. The Burton Complex is at 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607.
Participating agencies include:
- Region Five ESF-8 Health and Medical Coalition
- Louisiana Office of Public Health
- Avail Hospital
- Lake Charles Memorial Health System
- CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana
- The Louisiana National Guard
- Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Testing is also available at several other sites in Southwest Louisiana. Residents may call 211 for current information on locations, hours of operation and criteria for the sites.
COVID-19 public screening scheduled by Iberia Medical Center will begin again on Monday, April 6, 2020 from 9:00 am-11:00 am . Screenings will take place in the parking lot of North Lewis Elementary, 604 N. Lewis Street, New Iberia
Individuals experiencing symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, and/or temperature >100.4 are asked to come to be screened.
Pre-Screening Phones: Residents unsure if they should attend the screening are encouraged to call the pre-screening phone lines. Phone lines reopen at 8 am Monday, April 6. *Medical questions about COVID-19: Call 211
IMC Pre-Screening Phones: Phones open 8 am - Monday, April 6. PRE-SCREENING LINES: (337) 374-7420 OR (337) 374-7421
Pre-Screening Instructions: IMC physician recommendation: Attendees - DO NOT take Ibuprofen or Advil the morning of the screening. Bring current photo ID and current insurance card.
For safety reasons, attendees not in a vehicle (i.e. walk ups, motorcycles) will not be able to participate. Preferably two people per vehicle.
A screening and testing site has been set up at the Cajundome in Lafayette for area residents. LCG releases hours for testing on a day-by-day basis. 8:30 am - 10:30 am
The Cajundome site is open to anyone in the area.
Residents should first call 311 to speak with a healthcare professional. It will then be determined if they should contact their PCP, visit an urgent care facility or emergency room, or go to the Cajundome for further screening. Once there, residents will be screened for possible symptoms. If so, they will first be tested for the flu. If that test comes back negative, they will be tested for COVID-19.
In addition to 311, LCG has set up an alternate line for phone screening at (337) 534-TEST.
Residents should bring a picture ID and insurance card to be tested for the flu or COVID-19. Screening and testing services are free.
The site is only for individuals in high risk groups who have symptoms. People who are 60 or older, immune compromised, on dialysis, have cancer and are immune compromised and have symptoms will be screened at the location.
The screening is not intended for people who are young and healthy or are in the high risk groups but have no symptoms.
Find more information from LCG here.
ST. LANDRY PARISH
Opelousas General Health System is now providing a call center for scheduling COVID-19 drive-thru testing.
Testing will be conducted by appointment only. The appointments will be set through the call center to abide by the OGHS social distancing policy. Please call to determine if you meet the criteria for testing. Only those who have been screened and scheduled are allowed to come to the screening station.
OGHS asks that you please have your Government Issued Identification & Insurance Information with you upon arrival.
Call 1-337-678-4705 for questions related to COVID-19.
The call center will be available Friday, March 27,2020 and Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3, 2020, from 8AM - 5PM.
UPDATE: The Erath Testing Site will be closed on Thursday, April 2. Officials changed the schedule of testing to Monday, Wednesday and Friday ONLY from 10-12.
The Erath/Delcambre Community Care Clinic on North Road in Erath which is staffed by Abbeville General.
The screening process should take about 30 minutes.
Only high-risk individuals will be screened at the site. Call 337-892-6999 to see if you can be screened. Persons not meeting criteria will be asked to exit the line.
Abbeville General has outlined some of the following about the screening site:
- Have your ID and insurance card (if available)
- No bathrooms are available to public.
- Maximum 2 people per vehicle can be screened.
- Please leave all pets at home.
- Call Screening Line before arriving at test site to see if you meet criteria for testing. Phone number to be announced.
For more information, visit the Abbeville General website.
IF YOU ARE TESTED:
- You will be contacted in 7-10 days with results.
- You should self-quarantine 14 days or until you receive negative results.
- Seek medical attention if your symptoms go from mild to severe.
- Before seeking care, call your physician for proper guidance.
- If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch that you are SUSPECTED or have a CONFIRMED case of COVID-19.