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Ochsner updates on recent spike in Omicron cases

Posted at 7:35 PM, Dec 29, 2021

Like other facilities around the state, Lafayette hospitals are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and admissions, but administrators say you should only go to the emergency room if you're experiencing serious symptoms.

"Do not come to our emergency room, if you are asymptomatic, to get testing. We will not turn you away, but I assure you that you will wait a significant amount of time. Our emergency rooms are full right now….."

Ochsner Lafayette General CEO AL Patin says the emergency room is not a testing site. He addressed the latest surge in a Zoom briefing Wednesday.

"As of today, we had 22 patients that were positive for COVID. Five were in the ICU and two were on vents," he said.

Testing sites are set up throughout Region 4, including at the Domingue Recreation Center in Lafayette.

"Our Domingue Rec Center on Mudd Avenue is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm and 8 am to 12 pm Saturday and Sunday. No appointment needed, and you can do both testing and vaccinations and your booster there."

For a full list of COVID-19 testing sites, click here.