Ochsner Health extending free COVID-19 Prevalence Study in BR

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Ochsner Health is continuing the Baton Rouge COVID-19 Prevalence Study.

“The study, led by researchers at Ochsner, in cooperation with Pennington Biomedical, provides both free COVID-19 testing and free antibody testing to a representative sample of residents in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston Parishes,” according to Ochsner Health.

The goal of this study is to get a varied look at a small section of the Capital City.

Ochsner Health provided this information about the study:

Participants in need of a ride to the testing site can call 504-703-8283 for assistance. Results will provide valuable insights into the rate of active infections and previous exposures to the virus in the region. Interested residents are invited to learn more and volunteer to take part in the study at TestBR.org.

Everyone who participates in the Baton Rouge Prevalence Study will be entered to win one of 100 $50 gift cards. The winners will be randomly selected one week after the conclusion of the study. To qualify, participants:

Must be 18 years or older and a resident of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension or Livingston Parish.

Must not have tested positive for COVID-19 previously (Individuals who have previously tested negative for COVID-19 are eligible)

If you fit these criteria, go to TestBR.org to sign up. Volunteers will be contacted via text message if selected to participate. After arrival at the assigned testing site, participants will:

  • Verbally give consent to be in the study
  • Answer some survey questions
  • Get a swab and a blood draw

“In less than one week, participants will have test results, and one week after the end of the study gift card recipients will be announced. Testing is completely free of charge for participants.”

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