Select community COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites to close due to tropical storm threat


In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – Some community-based drive-thru testing sites and mobile testing sites in Louisiana will suspend services from Sunday, June 7 through Friday, June 12 due to potential threat to from the impending Tropical Storm Cristobal, according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Facebook page.

According to GOHSEP, the Louisiana Army National Guard is shifting its operations from to facilitating COVID-19 testing sites with GOHSEP to storm support as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches Louisiana.

Testing will resume on Saturday, June 13 pending recovery efforts. COVID-19 Testing conducted at fixed facilities such as nursing homes and prisons will not be affected.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Tropical Storm Cristobal could make landfall on the Louisiana coast on Sunday, June 7 with heavy winds, rain and some storm surge. GOHSEP encourages all residents to have a game plan for tropical weather emergencies.

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