LAFAYETTE, La. (LCG)- At a 4 p.m. press briefing, Mayor-President Josh Guillory announced the opening of a drive-thru COVID-19 screening site which will be housed at the Cajundome. The Cajundome screening facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for as long as there is a need within the Parish.
Citizens are encouraged to only go to the screening site if:
1. They are experiencing symptoms of acute viral respiratory illness (coughing or shortness of breath) and/or a temperature greater than 100.4°
2. They are experiencing symptoms and are pregnant or considered high-risk*
*High risk individuals are:
1. Heathcare workers with direct contact with confirmed/suspected COVID-19 cases
2. Pregnant Women
3. Patients with immunocompromised conditions
4. Age 60 years or older
5. People living in communal settings such as (Nursing Facilities, Shelters, etc.)
6. Infants less than 10 weeks of age
Participants are asked to bring a photo ID and insurance information. Screening is free. If a participant requires a COVID-19 test and does not have insurance, there will be a charge associated with the private lab that processes the sample collected. This fee will not be collected on site.
Participants at the screening site will first be tested for the flu. If flu negative, specimens will be sent for COVID-19 testing.
LCG is in the process expanding its 311 call center with medical professionals available to answer questions and pre-screen citizens over the phone. The call center is expected to be opened for medical calls beginning tomorrow morning.
“We all want this public health emergency to be over as soon as possible. As a result, we are taking steps in manageable time frames – two weeks to a month, where possible. At the same time, we are prepared to fight this battle as long as necessary to be successful. We are working to protect our healthcare system from overload that could result in contagion hot spots and a spike in mortality rates – as have been seen in other places.” stated Mayor-President Josh Guillory
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lafayette Parish. This is expected to change within the coming days. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
LGC Communications Director Jaime Angelle urged Lafayette residents to not fall for rumors circulating on social media.
“Please don’t give in to rumors, don’t start rumors and please help to spread these rumors,” Guillory said. “If you heard online and not form us, it’s probably a rumor.”