Free COVID-19 home tests will be distributed in Gonzales, Donaldsonville

Staff Report
The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales will be the COVID-19 test distribution site on the east side of Ascension Parish. Entrance will be Ashland Road from Hwy. 30.

The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has received a limited supply of the free at-home COVID tests from the Louisiana Department of Health to distribute to the public.

According to a news release from Ascension Parish government, the distribution will be the same as when emergency supplies were passed out after Hurricane Ida: it will be drive-through only; residents will not exit their vehicles. The distribution sites will be staffed by OHSEP and Health Unit employees, and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office assist with traffic control.

Because supplies are limited, only one box, which contains two tests, will be given to each vehicle, while supplies last. No exceptions.

Ascension Parish government released a map of the COVID-19 test distribution at the Lemann Memorial Center in Donaldsonville.

Where to get free home test in Donaldsonville

The first distribution will be Jan. 25 at the Frank Sotile Jr. Pavilion in Donaldsonville, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., or while supplies last. Traffic should turn from Marchand Drive onto Church Street, then turn right on Clay St and through the Lemann Memorial Center parking lot to the Frank Sotile Pavilion.

Where to get free home test in Gonzales

The east side's distribution will be Jan. 27 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. It will be from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., or while supplies last. Traffic should enter from Hwy. 30 onto Ashland Road to the back entrance of LDEC and follow the direction markers there. Exit back on to Ashland Road, but do not use Lawrence Minor Road; it will be blocked during that time.

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Once supplies are gone, people can continue to get covid testing through normal healthcare channels. The federal government offers at-home testing through www.covidtest.gov; healthcare and pharmacy providers in Ascension Parish still offer PCR and rapid covid tests. A list of those pharmacies can be found at www.ldh.gov/coronavirus.

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