TESTING CENTERS: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in the Baton Rouge area

TESTING CENTERS: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in the Baton Rouge area
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Several COVID-19 testing centers have opened in the Baton Rouge area. See details below.

For an interactive map of testing centers compiled by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), click here.

ONLINE

  • Patient Plus Virtual Urgent Care is available virtually from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Patients can check in online at patientplusuc.com.

ASCENSION PARISH

OCHSNER

  • Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Sorrento Civic Center, 7471 Main St.
  • Open to La. residents age 2+
  • Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you’re encouraged to get tested to learn your COVID-19 status
  • Doctor’s orders are not required
  • People coming for testing are required to bring a picture ID and insurance card, if applicable
  • There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status
  • Community members will receive their test results within 72 hours via the MyChart patient portal or by phone. Those who test positive can participate in Ochsner’s 14-day symptom tracker program designed for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospital care. Participants receive daily text messages to monitor symptoms and can be connected to a 24/7 nurse on-call line for additional support. In addition to offering community testing, Ochsner has the following resources available:
  • Free Ochsner information line at 844-888-2772 for 24/7 advice and COVID-19 information
  • Schedule a video visit with an Ochsner provider and ask follow-up questions through secure messages using MyOchsner
  • Urgent Care by video through www.ochsner.org/virtualvisits or via the Ochsner Anywhere Care app
  • In-person appointments at one of 13 Ochsner Health Centers across Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes – including Ochsner Cancer Center – Baton Rouge
  • To make an appointment, call 225-761-5200, or visit www.Ochsner.org/BatonRouge. To learn more about COVID-19, visit www.ochsner.org/coronavirus

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE

  • Gonzales - 1125 Hwy. 30 W (patients must get a referral from a Lake doctor by calling 225-765-5500 to get an appointment)

LAKE URGENT CARE

  • Prairieville - 14350 Hwy. 73 (patients must first be screened by a licensed clinician via Virtual Visit by clicking here or in person at any Lake Urgent Care/Lake After Hours clinic)

CARESOUTH MEDICAL AND DENTAL

  • Donaldsonville, 904 Catalpa St.
  • Starting Wednesday, May 20
  • Mondays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Open to anyone ages 12 and up
  • You must register to receive the test
  • Register at caresouth.org or by calling 225-650-2000
  • No doctor’s order required
  • Bring ID/insurance card

LAMAR DIXON EXPO CENTER

  • Opens Tuesday, May 26 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, located at 9039 S St. Landry Ave. in Gonzales
  • Tests are free and will be self-administered while people remain inside their vehicles
  • Those seeking tests should enter at the second entrance behind the chapel
  • Site is for seniors age 65 and over, as well as medical staff and first responders
  • Site opens to the general public Wednesday, May 27
  • Site will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. until further notice
  • Those seeking testing must be at least 18-year-old and have a valid Louisiana ID
  • Doctor’s orders are not required
Ascension Parish will now perform COVID-19 testing at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Ascension Parish will now perform COVID-19 testing at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. (Source: Ascension Parish)

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

MOBILE TESTING SITES

  • Click here for a list of mobile and stationary testing sites in East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Mobile testing locations do not require an appointment and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the schedule every week for updates.
  • Patients using the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) community testing site at Baton Rouge General Mid City will now be directed to the recently opened CareSouth testing site on Florida Boulevard, less than a half-mile away. Thus, the MOHSEP community testing site at Mid City will begin to phase out over the next three weeks.
  • Beginning Monday June 1, the second MOHSEP community testing site outside OLOL North Campus on Airline Highway will transition to testing inside the clinic

CVS

  • 3384 Government St.; 7411 Florida Blvd.; 5360 Highland Rd.; 7777 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite 100; 12880 Airline Hwy.; 9326 Burbank Dr.
  • Opens Friday, May 29
  • Site will utilize self-swab tests, which will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines
  • Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 29 to schedule an appointment
  • Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly
  • Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days

BATON ROUGE GENERAL MID CITY

  • 3600 Florida Blvd.
  • The site will begin accepting new orders as COVID-19 tests become available. The site will remain open on a day-by-day basis as supplies allow, on Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

More: Baton Rouge General offering COVID-19 antibody testing at 2 Express Care locations

CARESOUTH MEDICAL AND DENTAL

  • Baton Rouge, 3140 Florida St.
  • Starting Thursday, May 14
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • You must enter the clinic parking lot off Convention Street
  • Open to anyone ages 12 and up
  • You must register to receive the test at caresouth.org or by calling 225-650-2000
  • No doctor’s order required
  • Bring ID/insurance card

LIVING FAITH CHRISTIAN CENTER

  • Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 6375 Winbourne Ave.
  • Register by calling CareSouth at 225-650-2000 and provide the code “Living Faith”
  • Household cleaning supplies and face masks will be given away, while supplies last, to those being tested

OCHSNER

  • Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Rd., Baker
  • Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Open to Louisiana residents 2 years and older
  • Doctor’s order is not required
  • Must have a picture ID or insurance card if applicable
  • There will be no out of pocket expense, no one will be turned away based on their insurance status
  • Community members will receive their results within 24 to 72 hours via the MyChart patient portal or by phone
  • Those who test positive will be able to participate in Ochsner’s 14-day symptom tracker program designed for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospital care.
  • Participants receive daily text messages to monitor symptoms and can be connected to a 24/7 nurse on-call line for additional support.

MORE OCHSNER TESTING SITES

  • Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - SE Mackey Center, 6534 Ford St.
  • Friday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Beacon Light Baptist Church, 7513 Prescott Rd.
  • Open to La. residents age 2+
  • Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you’re encouraged to get tested to learn your COVID-19 status
  • Doctor’s orders are not required
  • People coming for testing are required to bring a picture ID and insurance card, if applicable
  • There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status
  • Community members will receive their test results within 72 hours via the MyChart patient portal or by phone. Those who test positive can participate in Ochsner’s 14-day symptom tracker program designed for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospital care. Participants receive daily text messages to monitor symptoms and can be connected to a 24/7 nurse on-call line for additional support. In addition to offering community testing, Ochsner has the following resources available:
  • Free Ochsner information line at 844-888-2772 for 24/7 advice and COVID-19 information
  • Schedule a video visit with an Ochsner provider and ask follow-up questions through secure messages using MyOchsner
  • Urgent Care by video through www.ochsner.org/virtualvisits or via the Ochsner Anywhere Care app
  • In-person appointments at one of 13 Ochsner Health Centers across Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes – including Ochsner Cancer Center – Baton Rouge
  • To make an appointment, call 225-761-5200, or visit www.Ochsner.org/BatonRouge. To learn more about COVID-19, visit www.ochsner.org/coronavirus

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE

  • Baton Rouge - Near the Regional Medical Center Campus (O’Donovan Drive)
  • Patients must get a referral from a Lake doctor by calling 225-765-5500 to get an appointment
  • Our Lady of the Lake North Campus - 5439 Airline Hwy.

WOMAN’S CENTER FOR WELLNESS

  • Baton Rouge - 9637 Jefferson Hwy.
  • Patients must get a referral from a doctor. More info is linked here.

WALMART PARKING LOT NEAR CORTANA MALL

  • 9350 Cortana Pl.
  • A doctor’s order is not required, but appointments must be made online
  • Testing site is for healthcare workers, first responders, and those exhibiting symptoms
  • Click here for more details
  • Those wanting to make an appointment for testing can do so by calling 888-626-0654, or by scanning the QR code below.
Use this QR code to make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at either the Baker or Baton Rouge Walmart. See details above.
Use this QR code to make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at either the Baker or Baton Rouge Walmart. See details above. (Source: Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome)

MLK COMMUNITY CENTER 400 GUS YOUNG AVE

  • No doctors note or referrals needed
  • For additional information, contact Twahna P Harris, legislative assistant to Councilman LaMont Cole at 225-389-3182

GREATER KING DAVID BAPTIST CHURCH

  • 222 Blount Rd.
  • No doctors note or referrals needed
  • Thursday, May 28 starting at 9 a.m.

OPEN HEALTH CARE CLINIC

Open Health Care Clinic is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at two separate sites the week of May 25 through June 6. Open Health is funded to provide testing to uninsured residents at no out-of-pocket costs. Insured residents also pay no out-of-pocket costs, however, the patient’s insurance may be billed. Testing is available for residents exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Those include 99.5 or higher fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

DETAILS

Thursday, May 28

  • Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Rd., Baton Rouge
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • No doctors’ orders/referral needed
  • Walk-ups welcome, pre-registration not required
  • Photo ID required
  • No out-of-pocket cost for uninsured (bring insurance card)
  • For questions, call 225-655-6422, or click here

BAKER

CVS

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1214 Main St.
  • Opens Friday, May 29
  • Site will utilize self-swab tests, which will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines
  • Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 29 to schedule an appointment
  • Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly
  • Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days

ADVANTAGE CHARTER SCHOOL

  • 14740 Plank Rd.
  • Baker residents ONLY can pick up pre-registration packets at City Hall (3325 Groom Rd.) on Tuesday, May 19 at 9 a.m. (only be available to the first 150 residents)
  • The packet must be returned no later than noon on Thursday, June 18
  • Testing date to be announced
  • Click here for full details

BLACKWATER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

  • Baker - 10000 Blackwater Rd.
  • No doctor’s order is required to be tested
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29
  • Please bring photo ID and health insurance card if possible
  • No out-of-pocket costs for tests
  • No one will be turned away based on insurance status
  • Those who are not experiencing symptoms are encouraged to get tested
  • Testing provided by Ochsner Health

WALMART

  • 14507 Plank Rd. (in the parking lot of Walmart)
  • Site is for healthcare professionals, first responders, and those showing symptoms. No doctor’s order is required, but an appointment must be made ahead of time. The site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m. starting May 6. Click here for more details.
  • Those wanting to make an appointment for testing can do so by calling 888-626-0654, or by scanning the QR code below.
Use this QR code to make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at either the Baker or Baton Rouge Walmart. See details above.
Use this QR code to make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at either the Baker or Baton Rouge Walmart. See details above. (Source: Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome)

ZACHARY

LAKE AFTER HOURS

  • 18989 Old Scenic Hwy. (patients must first be screened by a licensed clinician via Virtual Visit by clicking here or in person at any Lake Urgent Care/Lake After Hours clinic)

IBERVILLE PARISH

ST. GABRIEL HEALTH CLINIC

  • 1400 Gordon Simon Leblanc Dr.
  • Thursday, May 28, 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Free screening for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, by appointment only (patients will be tested regardless of insurance status)
  • To make an appointment, call 225-642-9676

CARESOUTH MEDICAL AND DENTAL

  • Plaquemine, 59340 River West Dr.
  • Starting Thursday, May 21
  • Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Open to anyone ages 12 and up
  • You must register to receive the test
  • Register at caresouth.org or by calling 225-650-2000
  • No doctor’s order required
  • Bring ID/insurance card
  • There is no out-of-pocket expense for the test. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed.
  • If you don’t have insurance, CareSouth will cover the cost.

OCHSNER OF IBERVILLE

  • 25455 Hwy. 1, Plaquemine
  • Must have a doctor’s order to be tested

PLAQUEMINE WALMART

  • 59690 Belleview Dr.
  • Opens Friday, May 15
  • The testing site is for healthcare workers, first responders, those with COVID-19 symptoms, and those in high-risk groups who do NOT have symptoms (must be 18 or older)
  • The site is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays weekly from 7 to 9 a.m., weather permitting
  • The testing site will require an appointment through Quest’s MyQuestTM online portal and app, www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, which will screen and schedule appointments for those individuals that meet medical eligibility for the testing sites
  • 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. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
  • The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite 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
  • For any questions regarding testing and appointments, call Quest’s dedicated COVID-19 line at 866-448-7719, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET

LIVINGSTON PARISH

CVS

  • 640 S Range Ave., Denham Springs
  • Opens Friday, May 29
  • Site will utilize self-swab tests, which will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines
  • Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 29 to schedule an appointment
  • Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly
  • Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days

LAKE URGENT CARE/LAKE AFTER HOURS

  • 31985 LA 16, Denham Springs
  • People are not allowed to simply show up and receive the test. If you believe you may have been exposed to the virus or have been exhibiting symptoms, you should visit www.lakeurgentcare.com to find out if you meet the CDC criteria for Rapid COVID-19 testing. You must select the red “Virtual Visit” button.

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE

  • 5000 O’Donovan Blvd., Walker
  • This testing site, which is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will serve Livingston Parish residents with a physician’s order from any provider for a COVID-19 test

LDH

LDH COVID-19 testing sites in Livingston Parish
LDH COVID-19 testing sites in Livingston Parish (Source: LDH)

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 sites will be conducted as drive-thru test sites
  • 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

POINTE COUPEE PARISH

NEW ROADS WALMART (parking lot)

  • 460 Hospital Rd, New Roads
  • Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. beginning Friday, May 22
  • The site will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, but will open Tuesday, May 26, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and resume its regular schedule Wednesday, May 27
  • Testing is for adults who meet CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, healthcare providers, and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high-risk groups without symptoms
  • Candidates for testing must be over 18 years of age and have an appointment scheduled through Quest Diagnostics online portal or by clicking here
  • 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. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
  • The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite 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
  • Quest Diagnostics will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable departments of health
  • Any questions regarding testing and appointments, please call Quest’s dedicated COVID-19 line at 866-448-7719, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET

ST. HELENA PARISH

LDH

LDH COVID-19 testing sites in St. Helena Parish
LDH COVID-19 testing sites in St. Helena Parish (Source: LDH)

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 sites will be conducted as drive-thru test sites
  • 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

TANGIPAHOA PARISH

LDH

LDH COVID-19 testing sites in Tangipahoa Parish
LDH COVID-19 testing sites in Tangipahoa Parish (Source: LDH)

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 sites will be conducted as drive-thru test sites
  • 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

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