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A note about CrescentCare and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 821-2601 for any questions or concerns.

CrescentCare will provide walk-in COVID-19 testing from 9 am to 4 pm at our 1631 Elysian Fields location.  Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat.  Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).

We will be asking all who enter our facilities the following questions:

Do you have any of the following?
a) Fever   b) Shortness of Breath   c) Cough

  • If the answer is YES to any of the above, CrescentCare is  requiring everyone with symptoms to wear a mask.  Please keep it on during your time at our facility for your safety and for the safety of others.
  • If the answer is NO,  you may proceed upstairs or to check-in.

If you said YES to any of the above symptoms, you will be asked these additional questions:

Are your symptoms new (in the last 2 weeks)?

  • If the answer is YES, would you like an urgent visit for this issue today? We will have to register you as a patient.
  • If the answer is NO: We are requiring everyone with symptoms to wear a mask, please keep it on during your time at our facility for your safety and the safety of others.

Latest Episode: Episode 11 | 04/07/20: Criminal Justice System & COVID-19 with Noelle Deltufo, LMSW

Here are the links to people around town and the Atlantic article about SOAP:

Listen for all the details | Transcript coming soon.

Previous Episode: Episode 10 | 04/06/20: Nadia Eskildsen – Coordinator – NOSAP at CrescentCare

Dr. Nick talks to Nadia Eskildsen, Coordinator of the New Orleans Syringe Access Project about the work NOSAP does and its importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Links from this episode:

Listen for all the details | Transcript coming soon.

About our podcast:

Begun on 3/17/2020, CrescentCare Public Updates podcast features CrescentCare’s Dr. Nicholas Van Sickels and guests answering your questions and providing timely and important information on the current COVID-19 outbreak.  We’re adding new episodes semi-weekly; transcripts and more are  available here.

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CrescentCare and COVID-19
WWNO Interviews Dr. Jason Halperin on CrescentCare’s efforts to ramp up COVID-19 testing

Staff at CrescentCare clinic in New Orleans pose outside the mobile unit they've established to test for COVID-19.
Staff at CrescentCare clinic in New Orleans pose outside the mobile unit they've established to test for COVID-19.

One of the biggest challenges Louisiana has faced since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is testing. That’s been true for residents trying to figure out how to get care, and for medical professionals trying to provide it.

CrescentCare, the sexual health and HIV health clinic in New Orleans, has not only been ramping up it’s own testing capabilities, it’s figured out a creative way to get more tests. The clinic also serves a younger population — something that could be key in the wake of new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 40 percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. have been people between the ages of 20 and 54.

New Orleans Public Radio spoke with Dr. Jason Halperin, the HIV and infectious diseases clinical lead at CrescentCare, to learn how that clinic is responding to the pandemic.

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