Tropical Storm Cristobal forcing temporary closure of some COVID-19 testing sites in the area


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Some COVID-19 testing sites are temporarily shutting down because of Tropical Storm Cristobal.

According to the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, “with the potential threat to Louisiana from the impending Tropical Storm Cristobal, select community-based drive-thru testing sites and mobile testing sites in Louisiana will suspend services from Sunday, June 7 to Friday, June 12.”

The sites that are temporarily closing currently have the help of the Louisiana Army National Guard and GOHSEP.

This is being done to allow the Louisiana Army National Guard to focus on preparations for Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness expects COVID-19 testing to begin again at those sites on Saturday, June 13.

COVID-19 testing at fixed facilities remain uninterrupted at this time.

Ascension Parish is closing one of its COVID-19 testing sites because of Tropical Storm Cristobal too.

The Ascension Parish Government released this statement below:

The Ascension Parish COVID-19 free testing site, operated by the Louisiana National Guard at
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, will close temporarily due to the impact of Tropical Storm Cristobal
and the weather associated with it.
According to information received, the Louisiana National Guard is suspending operations at all
of its all Community Based Testing Sites and Mobile Testing Unit Sites throughout the state for
the period of Sunday June 7 through Friday June 12, 2020.
The statement from the National Guard notes that the testing operations are being suspended
so they can transition to storm preparation and support.
The testing site at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center is expected to resume operations on Monday
June 15 for normal days and hours.

LOHSEP encourages everyone to Get a Game Plan in place before Tropical Storm Cristobal hits land.

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