Drive through Covid-19 testing available today, April 2

Erin Boyt, a marketing employee at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, is performing the pre-screen, telling patients what to expect as she motions for the driver to only lower their window 3 inches. The first screening tent, where the testing is performed, is staffed with Nurse Practitioners and RNs. At left, Natchitoches Police officer Caleb Krikorian and NSU officer Chris Knight ensure the process is safe and orderly. The drive through testing site is on the CLTCC campus Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Only those persons exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus should be tested. Photo by Hannah Richardson

Drive through screenings and testing for the Coronavirus will be available from 10 a.m.-noon today, April 2 at the CLTCC campus. All participants must bring a valid photo ID and their insurance card. All insurances including Medicaid, Medicare and commercial insurance are accepted.

Source: NRMC

This community health service will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in the parking lot of Central Louisiana Technical College. Professionals from Natchitoches Regional Medical Center will conduct the screenings and testing.

Community members who have been exposed to the virus or who believe they may have symptoms will be asked to remain in their cars as they receive screening. If, after the screening, the professionals recommend testing, the NRMC associates will do so at a testing station as part of the drive through process and test results will be available in approximately four days.

“Our goal is to make screening and testing safely and conveniently located in our parish,” explained Kirk Soileau. “As a community, we need to diagnose cases of this virus, so that people can get the care they need and also protect those who would 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 be necessary.”