Iberia Medical Center Announces Public COVID-19 Screening

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Iberia Medical Center Announces Public COVID-19 Screening - Monday, March 23, 2020

Iberia Medical Center will provide a COVID-19 public screening event on Wednesday, March 25. The screening will take place at North Lewis Elementary.

The drive-through screening will begin at 9 am and will end at noon. Attendees will be asked a series of questions and submit to a nasal swab for influenza. Attendees presenting with symptoms, but testing negative for the flu, will have their samples forwarded to a reference lab for COVID-19 confirmation.

"As the healthcare leader in Iberia Parish, Iberia Medical Center is committed to providing this service. We want to give our parish residents an opportunity to get tested by our medical professionals in an efficient and timely manner, states Dionne Viator, Iberia Medical Center CEO.

The event is appropriate for those Iberia Parish residents in the following categories:

Persons experiencing a temperature greater than 100.4 and respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

Those residents who are an elevated risk include:

Healthcare workers with direct contact with confirmed/suspected COVID-19 cases

Pregnant women
Patients with immunocompromised conditions
Age 60 years or older
People living in communal settings such as (Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, shelters, etc.)

Infants less than 10 weeks of age

Iberia Parish residents unsure if they meet criteria are encouraged to call the Iberia Medical Center pre-screening lines prior to the event. Residents can call 337.374.7420 or 337.374.7421 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm to speak with an Iberia Medical Center clinical professional to determine if the screening event is appropriate for them.  "We are highly recommending that residents call the pre-screening lines first to receive a confirmation that they should attend the screening, adds Dionne Viator, Iberia Medical Center CEO.

Participants are asked to bring a current photo ID and a current insurance card.



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