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Local Health, Government Groups Open Drive-Through Testing Site at Burton Complex

Testing resumes 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. March 31- April 2

Post Date:03/25/2020

A group of healthcare and government agencies have opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Burton Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. The tests are for people with symptoms who are at high risk for complications. 

Residents of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes are eligible. Those seeking testing should bring a driver’s license or state-issued identification and any insurance information they may have. A doctor’s referral is not needed.

Testing continues from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. March 31- April 2. Residents may begin lining up at 8:30 a.m. om these days.

Criteria for testing eligibility is as follows:

  • Fever 100.4 or greater 

 AND one other symptom below:

  • Shortness of breath  
  • Cough    

AND one high risk condition below:

  • Age over 60 years old
  • Lung Disease (COPD, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis)      
  • Heart Disease (NOT including hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Immuno-compromised (HIV-positive, cancer/chemo within the past 2 years, dialysis, transplant recipient, or currently on medications that suppress immune systems).

Residents who do not meet these eligibility requirements will not be tested. The service is scheduled to be available for two weeks.

A maximum of two people per vehicle may be tested and all must sit in the front seat of the vehicle.

A total of 130 tests per day can be performed. No restrooms will be available. No pets are allowed.

Residents with questions about the service should call 211.

Participating agencies include:

  • Region 5 ESF-8 Health and Medical Coalition
  • Louisiana Office of Public Health
  • Avail Hospital
  • Lake Charles Memorial Health System
  • CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana
  • The Pathology Laboratory
  • The Louisiana National Guard
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury