Here's an Updated List of Mobile COVID-19 Testing Sites in Calcasieu
Calcasieu Parish residents who want to get tested for COVID-19 can do so at several parish locations for the week of July 13-17. Operated by the Louisiana National Guard, test sites are now open from 8 a.m.- noon.
Calcasieu Parish testing sites and locations:
- Monday, July 13: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive
- Tuesday, July 14: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive
- Wednesday, July 15: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive
- Thursday, July 16: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive
- Friday, July 17: McNeese Cowboy Stadium (in front of the Athletics Field House), 700 Blue and Gold Drive, Lake Charles.
- Friday, July 17: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive.
For testing sites for Allen, Beauregard, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes, click HERE.
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. The schedule starting June 1 will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to approximately noon.
Testing is for open for any Louisiana resident 18 years of age and older with valid Louisiana identification.
Each testing site will be conducted as a drive-thru test site.
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.
Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh, the Office of Public Health regional medical director for the five-parish region, encouraged anyone who receives a call from 877-766-2130 to answer, as the call is from a contact tracer. The call is private and your information will not be shared with other people.
"Just by picking up your phone and speaking with a contact tracer, you're helping to protect yourself and others by identifying those you have been in close contact with. This helps us to quickly identify and contain spread of the virus,” she said.
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.
For more info, visit the Office of Public Health's website HERE.