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LDH opens two COVID-19 testing sites in Baton Rouge through Dec. 31

Online preregistration preferred
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:42 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:52 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases statewide, the Louisiana Department of Health has partnered with the Louisiana National Guard and Orion Labaortires to offer two testing sites in Baton Rouge through Friday, Dec. 31.

The two testing sites are located at:

  1. Louisiana Leadership Institute - 5763 Hooper Road.
  2. LSU Mini Barn, open for vaccines and testing - 90 AG Center Drive.

Both sites will be offering Antigen and PCR tests and will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31. Health officials say pre-registration online is preferred.

You can pre-register for a COVID-19 test by CLICKING HERE.

Organizers say the testing is available at no cost for patients ages 3 and older. A photo ID is required to be tested.

LDH released an alert on December 27th on Twitter that the Omicron variant is surging statewide, and hospitalizations have doubled in the past week. LDH reports that 17 people have died due to COVD-19 since Thursday, Dec. 23rd. They urged everyone to take safety precautions ahead of New Year’s Eve.

LDH recommends COVID-19 testing for any patients who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If someone has these symptoms or believes they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, they should contact their primary care physician for guidance. However, officials say someone does not have to be experiencing symptoms to be tested.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, LDH recommends you:

  • Mask in all indoor public spaces; mask in all indoor private spaces with people who are not in their immediate household; and mask outdoors when not able to social distance. Masks are effective in protecting against infection for all the currently circulating variants.
  • Work remotely if feasible.
  • Limit exposure to individuals outside your everyday household.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 often and especially before and after traveling or gathering with individuals outside your everyday household. LDH recommends testing one to two days before travel and three to five days after travel.

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