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Region 6 Office of Public Health updates mobile COVID-19 testing sites through July 3 | Around The Town

Listed below are the updated dates and locations of mobile COVID-19 testing sites in Central Louisiana. Mobile testing uses trucks and equipment operated by the Louisiana National Guard to bring testing kits to neighborhood locations such as schools, community centers, fire stations and other local neighborhood locations.
Dr. David Holcombe, the Office of Public Health regional medical director, said, “The mobile test sites are designed to make it as easy and convenient as possible to get tested.”
Testing Dates and Sites
TUESDAY, JUNE 30
Marksville Tunica-Biloxi Earl Barbry Sr. Drive
Alexandria Rapides Parish Exhibition Hall 5600 Coliseum Blvd.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
Marksville Tunica-Biloxi Earl Barbry Sr. Drive
THURSDAY, JULY 2
Alexandria Rapides Parish Exhibition Hall 5600 Coliseum Blvd.
Marksville Tunica-Biloxi Earl Barbry Sr. Drive
The sites are staffed by members of the Louisiana National Guard and are open for a period of five days per week: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
Testing is for open for any Louisiana resident 16 years of age and older. LANG-operated sites require valid Louisiana identification. However, other testing sites may not require ID.
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.
With the continued increase in community spread, it is important for anyone who receives a call from 877-766-2130 to answer, as the call is from a contact tracer.
“Contact tracers will keep your information private and will not share it with other people,” Dr. Holcombe said. “This information is only used to quickly identify anybody you may have been in contact with so that we can contain the spread of this highly contagious virus.”
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
If a resource need is identified through the contact tracing interview, the case is flagged for follow-up from a resource coordinator social worker who can connect individuals with a wide assortment of available resources. These can include medication, masks, food assistance and even help locating alternative housing.
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.

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