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Free Covid19 Testing July 17-19 in Central

FREE COVID19 Testing in Central this weekend (Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19) at the Cooking in Central Amazing Place property at 10305 Blackwater Rd. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thank you to the National Guard for helping sponsor this event. This is a drive-thru testing site where you remain in your vehicle and do a self-administered test. See the complete details below, and you may pre-register for faster testing at the following link:

Baton Rouge has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot. The "Geaux Get Tested" sites are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) effort to support communities like ours that have seen recent and intense levels of new cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak.

We’re offering up to 5,000 tests each day across the sites, until Sunday, July 19th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.!

Testing Locations:

LSU Alex Box Stadium Parking Lot Gourrier Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Southern University F.G. Clark Parking Lot 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Cortana Mall 9701 Cortana Pl., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Healing Place Church 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 (Closed Sunday, July 19)

Lamar Dixon Expo Center 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, LA 70737 *This site is supported by LDH, GOHSEP, and HHS.

Central 10305 Blackwater Rd, Central, LA 70714

Pre Register Who Should Be Tested? Testing is open to everyone. In addition, anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus can be tested. You do not need to be a resident of East Baton Rouge.

Tests are available to people who have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Individuals who do not have symptoms but who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can also be tested. However, such a person should wait a few days to be tested from when they were exposed. This is because the time between when a person was exposed and when the test would be positive can vary from 4-14 days.

Test Site Details TIME: The hours and dates of operation for the sites are: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Test sites will be open until Sunday, July 19.

AGE: Testing is open for any Louisiana resident 5 years of age and older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their guardian. The testing site will be conducted as a drive-thru test site.

ON-SITE: Once on site, those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars. There will be separate lines for those who have pre-registered and for those who must register on-site.

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.

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