Baton Rouge area residents asked to participate in local Covid-19 screening

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) — Ochsner Health is asking residents of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston and West Baton Rouge Parishes to participate in a free screening to see if they are, or have been infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Participants will receive their personal results within three to five days, and the study will help local leaders better understand actual infection rates and how the city can safely reopen.

The screening can be found at and participants must be 18 or older. Health insurance is not necessary.

The online questionnaire asks for basic personal information including age, name, zip code and phone number. The participant may also choose when and where to be tested for Covid-19 and receive an antibody test.

Participants may not have previously tested positive for Covid-19, as their results are already included in the results.

If selected to participate, the individual will receive a text message with next steps.

Participating organizations include Ochsner Health, Public Democracy, the Office of the Baton Rouge Mayor-President, Louisiana state’s Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force, Pennington Biomedical, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana and Humana.

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