Lake Urgent Care/Lake After Hours has been selected as one of the first urgent care
operators in the country to offer Rapid COVID-19 Molecular Tests.
Administered on-site in the clinic, the new screening can identify patients with the COVID-19 virus in 5 to 13 minutes.
Rapid testing first started Saturday with the first site opening at Lake After Hours in Denham Springs, but now there’s one opening in Baton Rouge.
The new Rapid COVID-19 testing platform is an extension of the same Abbott ID NOW screening system currently used to diagnose patients for the flu and strep throat at Lake Urgent Care/Lake After Hours clinics.
The site is opening in Baton Rouge due to the high number of cases according to officials.
Medical Director Dr. Kevin Dibennedetto says if someone tests positive they don’t necessarily have to seek medical care depending on their symptoms.
Dibennedetto says they would love to see at least 50 patients, but they believe they’ll see more than that.
Those people who believe they may have been exposed to the virus or are exhibiting symptoms can find out if they meet CDC criteria for Rapid COVID-19 testing by going to www.lakeurgentcare.com and selecting the red “Virtual Visit” button in the middle of the page.
Anyone that qualifies for Rapid COVID-19 molecular testing during the “Virtual Visit” will be scheduled for same-day or next-day screening. Those tested for COVID-19 will know their results in minutes.
The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., because of the drive thru testing being done in town, but the Denham Springs location will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The site location is at 5200 O’Donovan Dr.
Dibennedetto added plans are in the works to open more sites in the future possibly in Ascension Parish.