For those worried about the treatment for and diagnosing of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana, there are a few options, the first of which is your primary care physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should immediately reach out to your primary care physician.
That being said, as of July 7, you are also now able to go to the Geaux Get Tested Sites, which are five federal government test sites in Baton Rouge. These sites are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week. They will remain open for as long as the supplies last, and testing is completely free with no insurance required.
As a rule of thumb, if you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should wait several days after exposure to get tested because it may take between four and 14 days for a positive test result to show. The Department of Health strongly recommends that after being tested, you self-quarantine, away from others and even family, for 14 days.
Whatever your living situation, if you are exposed, wait the prerequisite amount of time, but then do get tested. Locations are available across the state, and a map of locations and contact information is available on the Louisiana Department of Health website.
The information for specific areas across the state can found here: ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3934