Baton Rouge diagnostic lab now offering COVID-19 PCR tests

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — With the demand for testing sites outpacing available locations in Baton Rouge, Coast Diagnostics is now offering daily PCR Covid-19 tests.

“We really want people to go into the clinics to get this done but they are so overwhelmed, they just don’t all have time to do it right now,” said Chief Communication Officer of Coast Diagnostic David Lane.

While much of the Capital City is still out of rapid tests, Lane said the PCR option will get more people results within 48 hours and that they are more than prepared to meet the demand.

“We can run 384 patients at a time versus one at a time that takes 15 minutes apiece. We are back at full capacity and have actually increased our staff since the outbreak has occurred,” said Lane.

Coast Diagnostics is expanding its capacity to the community of Baton Rouge to meet the overwhelming testing needs of those in the area. Research shows that the PCR method of testing is the more reliable and accurate option of Covid-19 testing.

“We always try to offer this type of opportunity for the community as long as it’s needed, we’re constantly in contact with the state health department and the local health department,” said Lane.

All testing will be conducted in-vehicle for safety between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Coast Diagnostics Baton Rouge located at 8146 One Calais Avenue near Essen and I-10. No appointment is necessary and additional information is available at 225-424-0029 or online at

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