LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (The Livingston Parish News) – The COVID-19 mobile testing sites that were postponed due to Tropical Storm Cristobal have been rescheduled, according to the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP).
Mobile testing sites in Livingston, Albany, and French Settlement will now run June 22-24, LOHSEP recently announced on its Facebook page.
Since May 26, the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana National Guard have brought mobile testing sites to various locations in Livingston Parish, giving residents more local options for COVID-19 testing.
The mobile testing sites are part of a larger effort to bring more testing throughout the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) Region 9, which consists of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.
Region 9 has accounted for roughly 8 percent of the state’s total number of cases (4,201 out of 47,706) and about 9 percent of its total number deaths (288 of 2,930).
In a statement last month, Dr. Gina Lagarde, regional medical director for the five-parish region, said the three-way partnership between the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health, local parish governments, and the Louisiana National Guard will “greatly increase” testing opportunities for residents, especially those in rural and unincorporated areas.
Mobile testing uses trucks and equipment operated by the Louisiana National Guard to bring testing kits to neighborhood locations such as schools, churches, retail stores, parks and other local neighborhood locations.
The sites are open from 8 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
In Livingston Parish, mobile testing sites have already visited Denham Springs and Walker, the biggest areas in the parish. Starting June 3, they began going to smaller towns and villages such as Springfield, Livingston, French Settlement, Albany, Killian, and Maurepas.
Below is a schedule of the remaining mobile testing sites coming to Livingston Parish:
- Wednesday, June 17: Maurepas, Maurepas High, 23923 LA Hwy. 22
- Monday, June 22: Livingston, Livingston Parish Fairgrounds, 19869 Fairgrounds Road
- Tuesday, June 23: Albany, Albany High, 29700 One Hornet Lane
- Wednesday, June 24: French Settlement, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 15710 LA Hwy. 16
Testing is open for any Louisiana resident 18 years of age and older with valid Louisiana identification. The testing site will be conducted as a drive-thru test site.
Once on site, those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. Walk-up testing is not preferred due to safety concerns, but walk-ups will not be turned away, according to the Office of Public Health.
The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose on site while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.
Once received, the Office of Public Health will contact those who were tested to give them their results and share any necessary information.
While awaiting results, health officials urge individuals who have been tested to follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.
By: David Gray