Free mobile COVID-19 testing sites expanding across EBR parish

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- East Baton Rouge Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome announced Thursday the expansion of free mobile COVID-19 testing sites across the city-parish.

“As our community has now entered Phase One of reopening, receiving a COVID-19 nasal swab test is one the most important steps our residents should take to protect their health and the health of their loved ones,” said Mayor Broome in a news release. “These testing sites do not require a doctor’s order and are offered at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Everyone who believes they need a test, should take advantage of this valuable resource.”

The mobile testing sites are in addition to about two dozen fixed testing sites in East Baton Rouge Parish. A list of mobile testing sites and fixed testing sites can be found (HERE).

The expansion is being made possible through a joint effort with community partners including Ochsner Baton Rouge, Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, BREC, and a number of area Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), including: CareSouth Medical and Dental, Open Health Care Clinic, RKM, and Southeast Community Health Systems.

“Ochsner’s investment in community testing near local hots spots is a critical step towards a continued safe reopening,” said Eric McMillen, CEO, Ochsner Baton Rouge.  “I’d like to thank Mayor Broome and her staff for their continued focus on COVID-19 testing.  We’ll continue working to identify more community locations for widespread testing.”

The mobile testing locations do not require an appointment and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check the schedule every week for updates.

“Our Lady of the Lake is proud to play a part in expanding access to COVID-19 testing by deploying mobile testing sites throughout our community. Increased testing is essential to managing COVID-19 and preventing a spike in cases.” said Coletta Barrett, VP of Mission, Our Lady of the Lake.

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