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    Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the opening of several testing sites in East Baton Rouge Parish beginning Tuesday, July 7 through the “Geaux Get Tested” initiative

    The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness  and Healthy BR will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services​, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Louisiana National Guard and the Louisiana Department of Health to test up to 5,000 people each day across all sites.

    The “Geaux Get Tested” sites are part of the HHS’s effort to support communities that have been identified as COVID-19 hotspots, or communities where there has been a recent and intense level of new cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak.

    “This rapid increase in testing is one of the most important things we can do right now to protect public health and our local economy. Knowing if you have COVID-19 and what to do to prevent further spreading the virus will save lives and lessen the economic impact in our community,” said Broome. “I implore our residents to take advantage of these testing sites, especially if they have symptoms or were exposed to COVID-19.”

    These sites are being stood up to help stamp out community spread. Currently, there are dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The largest increases in cases continue to be in the 18 to 29 age group. There are also upticks in young people under 18 and in people aged 30 to 39.

    These increases are tied to increased movement as more businesses resume operations with inconsistent adherence by the public to recommended precautions like social distancing and masking. According to LDH, there have been 19 outbreaks associated with bars across the state.

    The hours and dates of operation for all sites are 8am – 4pm, seven days a week. Test sites will open for 12 days, from Tuesday, July 7 to Saturday, July 18 (unless otherwise noted).

    The sites are located at:

    • LSU – Alex Box Stadium parking lot (Gourrier Ave, Baton Rouge, La 70820)
    • Southern University– FG Clark parking lot (801 Harding Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70807)
    • Cortana Mall (9701 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, La 70815)
    • Mobile Testing Site: Healing Place Church (19202 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810)
    • The Healing Place Church site will operate Wednesday, July 8 – Saturday, July 18, with the exception of Sunday, July 12
      • ·                      Lamar Dixon Expo Center (9039 S St Landry Ave, Gonzales, LA 70737)
      • This site is supported by LDH, GOHSEP, and HHS.

    *eTrueNorth will process the tests. Results should take 3-5 days. More details are below.

    It is not required to pre-register for a test but encouraged at: www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. On-site registration will be accommodated, but it will take longer than arriving with your pre-registration complete and your QR Code either on your phone or printed from the registration site. Those who arrive pre-registered will be escorted to the express line.

    In order to be tested at a HHS test site, people must provide:

    • Telephone number
    • Email address
    • An ID is NOT required
    • Scan this QR code to access the eTrueNorth portal (where you can find your test results)

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    These HHS sites are using the laboratory eTrueNorth to process the test. According to eTrueNorth, it should take between 3 and 5 days for someone who is tested to get their results.

    •          Test results will be provided by email notification (required to log back into website to view).

    •          If someone tests positive, they will also be contacted by phone.

    •          Test results will also be posted in the eTrueNorth patient portal.

    There is not a phone number to call for results. Results will only be provided by email and in the portal.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, or if you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by contact tracers calling from (877) 766-2130—save this number in your phone. During that call, you can be connected to resources that are available to help you safely quarantine.

    LDH strongly urges you to self-quarantine while you wait for your test result. Testing does not replace quarantining. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should self-quarantine at your home and away from others, including your family if possible, for 14 days since the date of exposure. Even if your test comes back negative prior to end of the quarantine period, you still need to remain quarantined for the full 14 days. This is because the incubation period for the virus can be up to 14 days and unless you were tested on the 14th day from your exposure, a negative test earlier in the quarantine period does not mean you are not infected.

    Who should be tested?

    •          Tests are available to people who have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

    •          Individuals who do not have symptoms but who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can also be tested. However, such a person should wait a few days to be tested from when they were exposed. This is because the time between when a person was exposed and when the test would be positive can vary from 4-14 days.

    •          Testing is open to everyone. In addition, anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus can be tested. You do not need to be a resident of East Baton Rouge.

    Test site details

    •          The sites are open seven days per week. The schedule starting July 7 will be daily from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

    •          Testing is for open for any Louisiana resident 5 years of age and older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their guardian.

    •          The testing site will be conducted as a drive-thru test site. Once on-site, those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars. There will be separate lines for those who have pre-registered and for those who must register on-site.

    •          The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose on-site while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.

     

     

     

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    Healthy BR, HOPE Ministries to get $900,000 to continue work in North Baton Rouge

    Nearly $1 million will be invested into two local groups whose missions include healthy living, workforce development, and improving food access in Baton Rouge.

    Healthy BR will receive an investment of $715,000 to continue to fight food insecurity and social isolation via the Geaux Get Healthy project. The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. has made this commitment as part of its Strategic Community Investment Program in Baton Rouge. The Foundation began a partnership with Healthy BR in 2018 with an initial investment of $725,000.

    HOPE Ministries will receive an additional $189,700 as a key partner in the Geaux Get Healthy project, allowing for an expansion of the program’s workforce development program. By investing in HOPE Ministries, The Humana Foundation is expanding its Strategic Community Investment in Baton Rouge.

    “Working alongside our community, we are addressing food and asset security, improving the lives and health of all Baton Rouge residents,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “I’m encouraged by the initial results Geaux Get Healthy saw in its first year, especially the eight new locations where residents of North Baton Rouge can now purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.  I’m excited to see how an expanded workforce development program will help our community continue to grow and prosper.”

    HealthyBR is a community coalition that hopes to inspire a healthier Baton Rouge for all residents. Funded by both The Humana Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Geaux Get Healthy, a HealthyBR project, works in the Baton Rouge zip codes with the highest rates of food insecurity and health disparities across north Baton Rouge. Together with a coalition of local partners, the program addresses food deserts by saturating this region with numerous access points for purchasing fresh food at an affordable price. The program also provides educational programs to help increase fresh food consumption and social connectedness.

    As part of the Geaux Get Healthy project, The Humana Foundation is also beginning a new investment with HOPE Ministries, an organization working to prevent homelessness and promote self-sufficiency and dignity in Baton Rouge. The Foundation’s investment will be used to address post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment, expanding a workforce development program called The Way to Work.

    “Workforce opportunities and retention are an ongoing topic in Baton Rouge and Louisiana, as a whole. HOPE Ministries’ The Way to Work Division provides a unique workforce solution that helps people keep jobs and companies keep people,” said Janet Simmons, President and CEO of HOPE Ministries. “Thanks to The Humana Foundation, The Way to Work division is increasing capacity thereby increasing the opportunity for more people to gain access to sustainable employment.”

    Each organization that receives a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment has the opportunity to receive continued funding for up to three years based on the specifics results achieved in their programs.

    The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investment Program

    Through partnerships with local organizations and community members, The Humana Foundation’sStrategic Community Investment Program creates measurable results in some of the most common social determinants of health, including post-secondary attainment and sustaining employment, social connectedness, financial asset security and food security. These investments are located in Humana ‘Bold Goal’ communities, places where Humana and The Humana Foundation are working to help people improve their health 20 percent by 2020 and beyond.

    In the first year of the Strategic Community Investment Program, The Humana Foundation invested $7 million in seven communities and funded programs that served more than 16,000 individuals and their families, addressing one or more social determinant of health. Each of these seven communities will receive continued or expanded Humana Foundation investments based on the measurable results each program attained in its first year. The Humana Foundation is also undertaking two new Strategic Community Investments in New Orleans, funding two organizations for a total of $1 million.

    The Humana Foundation’s continuing and expanded Strategic Community Investments include the following locations: Baton Rouge, La., Broward County, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., New Orleans, San Antonio and Tampa.

    ONLINE:  Strategic Community Investment

    ONLINE:  HumanaFoundation.org

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