SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Officials with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department and other agencies discussed a new mobile testing lab for COVID-19 in Shreveport.
The mobile lab will be stationed at the Shreve City Walmart located at 1125 Shreveport Barksdale Hwy. Operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Officials stress this site is specifically for first responders and health care professionals at this time.
“The goal is to start with first responders, but that includes healthcare workers," Dr. Martha Whyte said. "We also want to make sure it includes people working in nursing homes, your personal care attendants and nursing assistants People worry about where they could potentially get tested. We want you to know if you are symptomatic you can be tested here.”
First responders and health care professionals who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus and meet medical eligibility can schedule an appointment through Quest Diagnostics’ MyQuest online portal.
“We have so many essential workers who are residents of Caddo Parish who are on the front lines each and every day," said Caddo Parish Commissioner Mario Chavez. "As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, we are so thankful for the sacrifices they are making leaving their families, working long hours and placing themselves at risk to minimize ours.”
Officials say first responders and health care professionals outside of Shreveport limits can be tested here as well.
After receiving an appointment time, they can drive through and be tested. Individuals being tested will perform a self-administered nasal swab in their car with a health care worker observing them.
“Thursday we’ll get started," Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said. "It’s from 9-4 daily, weather permitting, and like I said to begin with this will be just for first responders and for medical personnel. Then it will be expanded to whatever groups, 65 and older, or whatever we decide the capability will be for the site.”
The site does not accept walk-ups and is not open to the general public.
To see if you qualify and to reserve a time, visit QuestDiagnostics.com.