New COVID-19 testing sites to open in Scotlandville area

Coronavirus

A sample is taken from a woman at a free COVID-19 testing site, provided by United Memorial Medical Center, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Mexican Consulate, in Houston. Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Texas continue to surge. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shut down bars again and scaled back restaurant dining on Friday as cases climbed to record levels after the state embarked on one of America’s fastest reopenings. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SCOTLANDVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two new COVID-19 testing sites will open in Scotlandville at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center and Southern University, according to Councilwoman Chauna Banks.

The testing is available regardless of whether individuals have insurance, but requires an ID or insurance card if applicable.

Any Louisiana resident who is five years or older can take the COVID-19 test.

Anyone between the age of 5 and 16 must have a guardian with them in order to take a coronavirus test.

If you are interested in attending, it is a drive-thru test site and anyone being tested is required to wear a mask and not leave their vehicles.

The specific site details are listed below:

Baton Rouge Primary Care Collaborative, Inc.- Jewel J. Newman Community Center (2013 Central Road, Baton Rouge, La 70807

  • The hours and dates of operation are 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Test sites will open for 12 days, from Tuesday, July 7 to Saturday, July 18. 
  • It is not required to pre-register for a test but encouraged at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, or if you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, contact tracers will contact you from (877) 766-2130—save this number in your phone. During that call, you can be connected to resources that are available to help you safely quarantine.
     

Southern University– FG Clark parking lot (801 Harding Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70807)

  • The hours and dates of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • It is not required to pre-register for a test but encouraged at (225) 774-1120.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, or if you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, contact tracers will contact you from (877) 766-2130—save this number in your phone. During that call, you can be connected to resources that are available to help you safely quarantine.

Councilwoman Banks shared the following information on who should be tested for COVID-19:

  • Tests are available to people who have COVID-19 symptoms such as: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Individuals who do not have symptoms but who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can also be tested. However, such a person should wait a few days to be tested from when they were exposed. This is because the time between when a person was exposed and when the test would be positive can vary from 4-14 days.
  • Testing is open to everyone. In addition, anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus can be tested. You do not need to be a resident of East Baton Rouge.

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