COVID-19 drive-thru screening site launching Wednesday

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Beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Cajundome will be a drive-thru screening site for coronavirus.
An earlier version of this story indicated that those who need to be tested for the flu or coronavirus would be charged $50 if they don't have insurance. Lafayette General Health Director of Communications Patricia Parks Thompson says no money will be collected at the drive-thru service. This story has been updated.

 
The gist:
The Cajundome will be a drive-thru SCREENING (not testing) site for coronavirus beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Communications Director Jamie Angelle stressed at Tuesday’s press conference. 

What you need to know: There are two types of specific criteria you must meet to qualify for this pilot drive-through program. You must have symptoms and be in a high-risk category to first be swabbed for the flu. If that test is positive, you’ll be sent home and told to contact your primary care doc. If that test is negative, your specimen will be sent to a private lab for coronavirus testing. The drive-through service ends at 3 p.m. “We’re going to operate this until we no longer need to operate it,” said Mayor-President Josh Guillory.

Click here for a handy check-list so you don’t drive to the Cajundome only to get turned away. If you still have questions, call 311 where you’ll be prompted to hit 1 for advice from a medical professional. The telehealth service, which rolls out tonight or early Wednesday morning, is a COVID-19 enhancement to LCG’s 311 service in partnership with Schumacher Clinical Partners.  

No money will be collected at the drive-thru.  Bring your ID and health insurance info, Guillory said. Most insurance will cover the $50 cost charged by the private lab doing the work. “Private payers will file with insurance. There will be no money collected tomorrow. No exchange of cash,” says Lafayette General Health Director of Communications Patricia Parks Thompson.

Enter at Reinhardt Drive/Souvenir Gate area. 

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