East Baton Rouge Parish COVID-19 Point of Testing Site

Baton Rouge General Mid City
Enter from North Boulevard - Center located at Convention St. and Wabash Blvd. (View Google Map)

Monday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. - Noon.

Please bring the following with you:

  1. Provider order
    Tests will not be administered without a provider order/referral. The orders must be faxed to 225-442-5200 by the patient’s provider. Anyone with written orders will not be admitted.
  2. State issued ID
    If bringing a child for testing, the name of guardian bringing the child must match name on face sheet from provider.
  3. Insurance card
    If you have an insurance card, please have it ready.

To access the testing center, please enter Wabash Blvd. from North Blvd.
The testing center will collect your info, while you remain in your car. Once your information is collected, a clinician will perform a nasal swab without you ever leaving your vehicle. Your swab will be processed and will take approximately 7 - 9 business days.

Results will be sent back to your health care provider to discuss next steps with you.

Testing Site FAQs

Can I come to the testing center without orders from a healthcare provider?

No. In order to be tested, you will need an order from a healthcare provider. Providers will be ordering tests based on patient’s symptoms and exposure.

How do I get an order?

Call your healthcare provider or urgent care clinic to let them know you want to be tested for COVID-19. Your provider will evaluate you based the following criteria: fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. They will provide an order if you meet the testing criteria. Orders can be provided over the phone and sent electronically to the testing site.

What is an order?

An order is a signed document from your physician, nurse practitioner, etc. ordering testing to be done for COVID-19 at the community testing site. All individuals must have their own, separate order to be tested. Orders will be sent electronically to the testing site.

What if I don’t have a primary care physician?

My healthcare provider isn’t at Baton Rouge General, can I still be tested?

Yes. Baton Rouge General is in partnership with other local area hospitals (Our Lady of the Lake, Women’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System and The Baton Rouge Clinic) to provide a community drive-thru testing site. Baton Rouge General’s Mid City Campus is the host site and you do not need to be a BRG patient to be tested at this facility. You can receive an order from any community healthcare provider.

Does this cost?

The test will be covered by your insurance. You will need to bring proof of insurance and a valid photo ID with you to the testing site.

Where do I go?

The community testing center is located at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus (3600 Florida Blvd.) Please enter the testing center on Wabash Blvd. from North Blvd.and remain in your vehicle. The testing center will be open Monday - Friday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Do not leave your vehicle for any reason or enter the main building. Local law enforcement will be at the testing site to offer support with traffic and safety.

What should I bring to the testing site?

Please bring a valid photo ID and insurance card. Once your information is collected, a clinician will perform a nasal swab without you ever leaving your vehicle.

What happens at the testing site?

After checking your provider’s order in the system, a clinician will perform a nasal swab without you ever leaving your vehicle. Be aware of long lines and wait times in your vehicle. There will also be no restrooms available on site. Please refrain from taking photos or videos on site.

Can more than one person be tested in the car?

As long as everyone in the car has a provider order they can be tested at the community testing site.

How many people per day do you expect to test?

There is not a set number at this point, and we expect there to be a learning curve with this first community testing site. We will be continually monitoring the situation and alerting the public to any changes at the site.

What happens after I come to the community testing site?

Your COVID-19 test will be processed and take approximately 5-7 business days. Results will be sent back to your provider to discuss next steps with you. While you wait on the results we advise those being tested to self-isolate and minimize contact with others until you receive your results to help limit exposure. Please isolate yourself in a separate room and use a separate bathroom when possible. If you have any questions please contact your provider directly.

Should I still call my healthcare provider before going into medical facility to get an order?

Yes, continue to follow CDC protocol for visiting a medical facility. Call the office before you go and wear a mask upon entering. However, most provider orders can be done over the phone and sent electronically to the testing site.

What do I do if I have symptoms?

If you are presenting symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or have come on direct contact with someone who has a known case of COVID-19, you should call your primary care office or urgent care clinic and request a provider’s order to be tested.

What if I’m in respiratory distress?

The community testing center will not be evaluating patients. If you are presenting respiratory distress you will be redirected to an emergency department.

I’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, should I be tested?

Yes, if you have come in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 please contact your healthcare provider even if you are not experiencing symptoms at this time. Your healthcare provider will give you an order to get tested at the Baton Rouge General Mid City COVID-19 Community testing site.

Do I need to wear mask when I come to the community testing center?

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended to wear a facemask to the community testing center to protect others from the risk of getting infected.

Why is the testing center outside?

The rate of transmission goes up as you bring people inside a facility. We want to decrease the spread of the virus and protect both patients and staff administering the test.

What protection is in place for staff and first responders on site?

Clinicians administering the test will be dressed in full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for their protection. First responders, such as the BRPD on hand to help with traffic and safety, are trained in keeping the proper distance for their safety.

What should I or my family do while waiting for test results?

You should isolate as if you were positive.