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LSU Health Shreveport commemorates processing of 500,000 COVID-19 tests

The medical center will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. to celebrate the processing of the...
The medical center will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. to celebrate the processing of the 500,000 COVID-19 test.(KSLA)
Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 5:52 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On Tuesday, Dec. 14, LSU Health Shreveport’s Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats celebrated a milestone.

The medical center held a news conference at 2 p.m. to celebrate the processing of the 500,000 COVID-19 test.

In attendance at the event:

  • Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Dr. Andrew Yurochko, Executive Director of the Center for Emerging Viral Threats
  • Dr. Jennifer Carroll, Director of the EVT Lab
  • Dr. Krista Queen, Director of Viral Genomics and Surveillance
  • Dr. John Vanchiere, Director of COVID-19 Community Testing and Vaccinations

The Emerging Viral Threats (EVT) Lab at LSU Health Shreveport has reached another major milestone this week by processing its 500,000th PCR test. COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are a type of molecular tests that analyzes a test sample for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID19. Since it’s authorization in February of 2020, the PCR test has been considered the “gold standard” diagnostic test for COVID-19 because of its high accuracy.

The EVT Lab was established at LSU Health Shreveport within weeks of detection of COVID-19 in the United States. Since it first began processing COVID-19 tests in March 2020, the EVT Lab has only continued to grow in its capabilities. In addition to testing more than 500,000 Louisiana citizens for the presence or absence of an active SARS-CoV-2 infection via PCR tests, nearly 14,000 antigen tests have been conducted to rapidly detect for presence of the virus and more than 4,600 serology tests have been run, which test for the presence of antibodies to the virus. The EVT Lab has also made more than 220,000 viral test kits for distribution across the state.

LSU Health Shreveport

LSU Health Shreveport provides COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to the public at the LSU Health Shreveport North Campus, 2627 Linwood Avenue (the former Chevyland dealership) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The site will be closed in observance of Christmas (Dec. 23-27) and New Year’s (Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.)

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