The CDC assigns various levels of risk of exposure to coronavirus. Use this guidance to discern your likelihood of exposure:
Read details on exposure risk and close contact from the CDC here.
Assess your health and risk factors. A useful tool is the CDC’s Self-Checker, which helps you realistically think through your likelihood of exposure and your health. You can find more information about CDC testing recommendations here.
Most people will only experience a mild illness and will be able to recover from home. Moreover, there is no specific treatment for the virus. That said, testing might help you make informed decisions about who you come into contact with.
If you do think you have been exposed and experience trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to rouse, or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately.
You should first contact your healthcare provider by phone. Your physician can help you determine whether testing is necessary.
You can also contact the Rapides Parish Health Unit at 318-487-5282 for information.
Drive-thru testing is available in Alexandria at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. Testing is conducted Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no out-of-pocket expense, but you will need to bring your ID and insurance card.
To be tested, you do notneed a doctor’s order or negative flu test, but you must have a fever above 100.4 degrees.
If you are outside of Rapides Parish, call 211(Louisiana 211 Network) for information about local testing options.