Southern and CareSouth Medical and Dental partner to provide COVID-19 testing for University employees

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A member of myCovidMD performs a COVID-19 antibody blood test at the Homeboy Industries parking lot in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The myCovidMD is an initiative of the Shared Harvest Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The myCovidMD holds free testing and tele-health services with priority for residents in underserved communities. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Southern University (SU), will partner with CareSouth Medical and Dental Health Center to give COVID-19 testing and flu vaccinations to employees at the Baton Rouge campus at no out of pocket cost.

“Southern University continues a mission of access through CareSouth in this extremely important endeavor,” said Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus. “As we continue to plan for the safe return to campus this fall for not only our students, but for all of our valued employees, it is imperative that we provide onsite testing and other services. CareSouth has a proven track record of servicing our community with optimum health care.”

According to SU, The CareSouth testing and vaccination services will start in August for all employees of Southern University and A&M College, Southern University Law Center, and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. CareSouth will provide medical personnel to conduct testing and to deliver vaccines inside Southern’s College of Nursing and Allied Health and a mobile unit from the Ag Center.

“CareSouth is very proud to partner with Southern University to continue to do our part to help slow the spread of this virus,” said Matthew Valliere, chief executive officer for CareSouth.  “Our mission is to make healthcare accessible to everyone and we’re excited to assist this premier institution in making our community better and safer for everyone. This partnership is another way we can support the great work that Southern does.”

Employees can use their insurance plans to receive services. For those without insurance, CareSouth will work with those individuals on a case by case basis.

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