Drive through COVID-19 community screening and testing opens in Natchitoches


Source: Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Fever, cough, shortness of breath? If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 also known as theCoronavirus, beginning March 31, drive through community testing and screenings will be available in Natchitoches.This community health service will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in the parking lot of CentralLouisiana Technical College.

Professionals from Natchitoches Regional Medical Center will conduct the screenings and testing. Communitymembers who have been exposed to the virus or who believe they may have symptoms will be asked to remain in theircars as they receive screening. If, after the screening, the professionals recommend testing, the NRMC associates willdo so at a testing station as part of the drive through process and test results will be available in approximately four days. All participants must bring a valid photo ID and their insurance card. All insurances including Medicaid,Medicare and commercial insurance are accepted.

“Our goal is to make screening and testing safely and conveniently located in our parish,” explained Kirk Soileau. “As acommunity, we need to diagnose cases of this virus, so that people can get the care they need and also protect those whowould otherwise be in close contact with them. In most cases, individuals can overcome this illness at home, but they need to self-isolate, so they do not expose others. For those with more serious cases, additional medical care may benecessary.”

Special thanks to City of Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey, Parish President John Richmond, Senator Louie Bernard,Natchitoches Chief of Police Mickey Dove and Captain Brad Walker, Natchitoches Sheriff Victor Jones, NorthwesternState University Police Chief Craig Vercher, Homeland Security Officer Mary Jones, Natchitoches Fire Department Chief John Wynn, Campus Dean of CLTCC Laurie Morrow, and many volunteers.