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WATCH: Mobile rapid COVD-19 testing begins Saturday in MLK community

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A rapid mobile COVID-19 testing lab will be in place Saturday for residents in Shreveport’s Martin Luther King neighborhood.

The mobile testing lab is due to a partnership between LSU Health Shreveport and the Caddo Parish Commission.

“COVID-19 has affected many individuals and families in our area. And unfortunately have seen the affects of this disease across the parish. No neighborhood or region in our parish is immune and that is why access to testing is so important” said Caddo Parish Commissioner Mario Chavez.

Residents that wish to be screened should call (318) 227-3354. You’ll first be pre-screened by phone for COVID-19 symptons and registered for on-site drive-thru testing if they meet the criteria.

Residents will also need an order from their doctor requesting the COVID-19 screening.

The screenings will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the David Raines Community Health Center located at 1625 David Raines Road.

In addition to MLK, testing will also occur in Mooretown, North Caddo and the Cedar Grove/Sunset Acres communities.

Mooretown:
4331 Henry St, Shreveport, LA 71109
April 28, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

North Caddo:
12763 Lay St, Gilliam, LA
May 1, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cedar Grove/Sunset Acres:
7340 Wyngate Blvd
May 2, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

“This opportunity allows the LSU Health Shreveport a great way to improve access to COVID-19 testing in our communities. More testing is needed to give us a better idea of where we stand and how quickly we can reopen” said LSUHS Chancellor Dr. G. E. Ghali.

Earlier this month, the Caddo Parish Commission voted to provide up to $175,000 to LSU Health Shreveport’s Emerging Viral Health Clinic.

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