Neighborhood-based COVID-19 testing coming to Northshore parishes

Baton Rouge, La. (May 22, 2020) — Beginning next week on Tuesday, residents of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes will have more local options for COVID-19 testing. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health and local parish governments, Louisiana National Guard will be operating mobile testing sites will make it more convenient for Northshore residents to get a test.

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.

Dr. Gina Lagarde, the Office of Public Health regional medical director for the five-parish region, said, “This partnership greatly increases testing opportunity for residents, especially in the rural and unincorporated areas of these parishes.”

“Several hospitals and other community testing sites in our region have offered COVID-19 tests that have helped us to understand the prevalence of the coronavirus in our region,” Dr. Lagarde said. “We are now working to increase the number of test sites, to bring the sites closer to where people live, shop and visit during a typical day, and serve those communities that have may have been under served or could not access a central test site.”

Starting Tuesday, May 26, the mobile testing units and Louisiana National Guard testing personnel will visit different sites in St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes. Testing will last for four weeks, through June 19, 2020.

Testing Dates and Sites
WASHINGTON PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Friday
5/29/2020
Franklinton
Washington
WP Fairgrounds 
100 Main St.
Saturday
5/30/2020
Franklinton
Washington
Franklinton Primary School
610 T.W. Barker Drive
Thursday
6/4/2020
Bogalusa 
Washington
Cassidy Park 
Willis Avenue 
Friday
6/5/2020
Bogalusa
Washington
Industrial Park
Industrial Parkway Drive
Thursday
6/11/2020
Varnado
Washington
Varnado High School
25543 Washington St.
Friday
6/12/2020
Pine
Washington
Pine High School
28351 LA 424
Thursday 
6/18/2020
Angie
Washington
Old Angie Junior High
64433 Dixon St.
Friday
6/19/2020
Mt. Hermon
Washington
Mt. Hermon School
36119 LA 38
TANGIPAHOA PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Tuesday
5/26/2020
Amite
Tangipahoa
Florida Parishes Arena
1301 N.W. Central Avenue
Wednesday
5/27/2020
Amite
Tangipahoa
Florida Parishes Arena
1301 N.W. Central Avenue
Thursday
5/28/2020
Kentwood
Tangipahoa
Kentwood High School
603 9th  St.
Monday
6/1/2020
Roseland 
Tangipahoa
Roseland State Warehouse
62430 Commercial St.
Tuesday
6/2/2020
Tangipahoa
Tangipahoa
United Methodist
70097 Tarpley St.
Wednesday
6/3/2020
Chesbrough
Tangipahoa
Chesbrough Elementary
68495 LA 1054
Monday
6/8/2020
Loranger 
Tangipahoa
Loranger HS
19404 Hiatt Road
Tuesday
6/9/2020
Tickfaw
Tangipahoa
Nesom Middle School
14417 LA 442
Wednesday
6/10/2020
Natalbany
Tangipahoa
Eagle Heights Church
47318 Rufus Road
Monday
6/15/2020
Ponchatoula
Tangipahoa
Ponchatoula Lions Club
750 E. Pine St.
Tuesday
6/16/2020
Robert
Tangipahoa
Robert SuperMarket
U.S. 190 W
Wednesday
6/17/2020
Hammond
Tangipahoa
SELU University Center
800 W. University Avenue
LIVINGSTON PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Tuesday
5/26/2020
Denham Springs
Livingston
L.M. Lockhart/West Livingston 
320 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Wednesday
5/27/2020
Denham Springs
Livingston
Walmart Neighborhood Market
25820 LA 16
Saturday 
5/30/2020
Denham Springs
Livingtston
Live Oak Middle School
8444 Cecil Drive
Monday
6/1/2020
Walker
Livingston
Sidney Hutchinson Park
13750 Ball Park Road
Tuesday  
6/2/2020 
Denham Springs
Livingston
Grey's Creek Elementary
11400 LA 1033
Wednesday
6/3/2020
Livingston
Livingston
The Church International
26490 S. Frost Road
Monday
6/8/2020
Livingston
Livingston
Livingston Fairgrounds
19869 Fairgrounds Road
Tuesday
6/9/2020
Albany
Livingston
Albany High School
29700 1 Horney Lane
Wednesday
6/10/2020
French Settlement
Livingston
St. Joseph Catholic Church
15710 LA 16
Monday
6/15/2020
Springfield 
Livingston
American Legion Hall
26200 LA 43
Tuesday
6/16/2020
Killian
Livingston
Killian Town Hall
28284 LA 22
Wednesday
6/17/2020
Maurepas
Livingston
Maurepas High School
23923 LA 22
ST. HELENA PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Thursday
5/28/2020
Greensburg
St. Helena
Turner Chapel
875 Turner Chapel Road
Friday
5/29/2020
West Amite
St. Helena
Multi Purpose Center
31676 LA 16
Thursday
6/4/2020
Rural Site
St. Helena
Apostilic Assembly Temple
48123 LA 63
Friday
6/5/2020
Greensburg 
St. Helena
St. Helena High School
137 College St.
Thursday
6/11/2020
Greensburg
St. Helena
Sheriff's Substation
24324 LA 38
Friday
6/12/2020
Montpelier 
St. Helena 
Town Hall
36310 LA 16
Thursday
6/18/2020
Kentwood
St. Helena
Fire Station 
3924 LA 38
Friday 
6/19/2020
Greensburg
St. Helena
Turner Chapel
875 Turner Chapel Road
ST. TAMMANY PARISH WEEK 1 - WEEK 4
Tuesday
5/26/2020
Slidell
St. Tammany
1st Baptist Church
4141 Pontchartrain Drive
Wednesday
5/27/2020
Slidell
St. Tammany
1st Baptist Church
4141 Pontchartrain Drive
Thursday
5/28/2020
Slidell
St. Tammany
North Side Plaza
163 Gause Blvd.
Friday
5/29/2020
Pearl River
St. Tammany
Jubilee Foods
64109 LA 1090
Saturday
5/30/2020
Sun/Bush
St. Tammany
Village Caisno and Bingo
84418 LA 21
Monday
6/1/2020
Mandeville
St. Tammany
Community Center
3101 East Causeway Approach
Tuesday
6/2/2020
Mandeville  
St. Tammany
Community Center
3101 East Causeway Approach
Wednesday
6/3/2020
Mandeville
St. Tammany
Church of the Kings 
22205 Little Creek Road
Thursday
6/4/2020
Mandeville
St. Tammany
Premier Center (Tentative)
LA 190 and North Causeway Blvd.
Friday
6/5/2020
LaCombe
St. Tammany
Recreation District #4
61100 N. 12th St.
Monday
6/8/2020
Madisonville
St. Tammany
Ball Park
1007 Pine St.
Tuesday
6/8/2020
Madisonville
St. Tammany
Ball Park
1007 Pine St.
Wednesday
6/10/2020
Madisonville
St. Tammany
Coquille Recreation Center (Tentative)
13505 LA 1085
Thursday
6/11/2020
Folsom
St. Tammany
Fendlason Community Center
13296 LA 40
Friday
6/12/2020
Float
St. Tammany
 
 
Monday
6/15/2020
Covington
St. Tammany
Pinnacle Mall (Tentative)
7205 Pinnacle Parkway
Tuesday 
6/16/2020
Covington
St. Tammany
Planet Fitness (Tentative)
401 N. LA 190
Wednesday
6/17/2020
Covington
St. Tammany
Fair Ground
1301 N. Columbia St.
Thursday
6/18/2020
Abita Springs
St. Tammany
Recreation Center
22517 LA 36
Friday
6/19/2020
Abita Springs
St. Tammany
Recreation Center
22517 LA 36
“The Louisiana National Guard proudly partners with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health and local parish leaders to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Louisiana to better serve the community and Protect What Matters," said Brig. Gen. Cindy H. Haygood, the Guard’s assistant adjutant general. "With our public health partners and support of local parish leadership, we have the equipment and the medical personnel to bring testing to the communities where people live.”

Test site details
  • The sites, which will be staffed by members of the Louisiana National Guard, are open for a period of five days per week. Because of the Memorial Day holiday, the first week will start Tuesday, May 26 and run through Saturday, May 30. Thereafter, the schedule starting June 1 will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
  • Testing is for 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.
  • 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 communicate their results and share any necessary information.
  • While awaiting results, individuals who have been tested should follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.
Contact tracing underway

Dr. Lagarde added that contact tracing is also underway throughout the region. “Contact tracing can help us quickly identify and contain spread of the virus,” she added. “Everyone can help protect themselves, their families and the community by talking openly with the contact tracer if called. The call is private and your information will not be shared with other people.”

Contact tracing is crucial as Louisiana eases restrictions on businesses and activities. Contact tracing works as follows: When someone tests positive, a contact tracer will try to call everyone who came in close contact with the COVID-positive person. Everyone called by a contact tracer is advised to watch themselves for signs of illness for 14 days from when they first came in contact with the COVID-19 person.

All contact tracers will call from 877-766-2130. If someone calls from a number other than 877-766-2130, claims to be a contact tracer and asks for personal information, hang up immediately. 
About the Louisiana Department of Health 

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. The Louisiana Department of Health includes the Office of Public Health, Office of Aging & Adult Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, and Healthy Louisiana (Medicaid). To learn more, visit www.ldh.la.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our blog.

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