New Orleans to Consolidate COVID19 Testing Sites as Gov. Edwards Extends Stay at Home Order

On Monday, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) office announced that the city will consolidate it’s two city-run drive-through COVID-19 testing sites down to a single site.

“In the last few days, testing demand has slowed,” said NOHSEP Director Collin Arnold. However, that doesn’t mean that New Orleans residents should relax or begin ignoring stay-at-home orders issued by Mayor LaToya Cantrell or Governor John Bel Edwards. “It is far too soon to determine if this is due to the beginning of a flattening curve or if people are simply heeding the stay home order,” Arnold said. “In either case, we are making operational changes to best utilize our resources in this ongoing public health emergency.

Testing will be conducted daily at the UNO Lakefront Arena parking lot for those who are 18+ years of age, and who present with an on-site or self-reported fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. The testing site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or until the daily cap of 500 tests has been reached. The COVID-19 testing site at the Mahalia Jackson Theater parking lot closed at 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon and will not reopen.

Drive-through testing will also continue at the Alario Center on the Westbank, as that is run by the Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department.

During his COVID-19 press conference on Monday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards followed President Donald Trump’s lead from last week and extended the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of April.

“This is obviously very helpful for states like ours because it sends a clear message that we are nowhere near over the hum,” Edwards said. On Monday, Louisiana reported a total of 4,025 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 185 deaths.

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