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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

A note about CrescentCare and COVID-19

  WALK-IN TESTING

  • Our testing is a walk-in testing site. You do not need an appointment.

  HOURS

  • Open for testing Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm.  Additional hours available by appointment for current patients by calling 504-821-2601.

  WHERE

  • We have tents set up on the first floor of our garage at our 1631 Elysian Fields location. You can enter either through the garage on N. Derbigny or through the main entrance on Elysian Fields.

  WHAT TO BRING

  • ID (we test regardless of citizenship status)
  • Insurance card (if you have insurance).
  • If you have insurance, we will bill your insurance for the test and the visit.
  • If you do not have insurance, there is federal funding to support the cost of the test and visit.
  • Everyone must wear a mask while on CrescentCare property.

  WHO ARE WE TESTING?

  • We’re currently testing EVERYONE for COVID-19. Those with the following symptoms are at highest risk: fever, cough, sore throat, breathing troubles, loss of taste or smell. Though these are the classic symptoms, we recognize the importance of testing everyone for the virus even if asymptomatic. If you feel you may have COVID-19, we can test you and find out.
  • If you had a true exposure (meaning you spent more than 15 mins within six feet of a person who was confirmed positive), we are happy to test you. Please be aware that testing between day 5 through day 7 from exposure has the highest probability of a positive result.
  • If you are exposed to an individual who tests positive, the Louisiana Department of Health recommends that you home quarantine for 14 days.

  WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SHOW UP?

  • If  you are not currently a patient at CrescentCare, we will ask you to fill out a patient registration form and consent form. Please make sure to write legible and fill out your contact information as this is how you will get your results.  We will then enroll you in our electronic health record to help you receive your results quickly.

  HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT?

  • The wait time depends on the number of people who come in for testing. Our staff will do everything we can to make it as efficient as possible for everyone.

   TEST RESULTS

  • We receive most test results within 5 days however, we do not have control over the lab’s turnaround time for results.
  • The fastest way to get your results is to sign up for the patient portal. More information here. mycw109.ecwcloud.com/portal14997/jsp/100mp/login_otp.jsp
  • If your test is positive you will also receive a call from our staff as soon as we receive your test results.

  ANTIBODY TESTS?

We are not currently offering antibody tests.

   RAPID TEST?

  • We are not currently offering rapid point of care tests.

   HOW TO READ YOUR RESULTS

  • Not detected means the test was negative, and you do not have COVID-19.
  • Detected means that the test result was positive.

   WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK?

  HOW ARE WE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE?

  • Our staff do testing with full personal protective equipment in several tents, which are climate controlled and cleaned regularly for your safety. Our staff also clean the chairs and all items that individuals touch as part of the registration process.

If you have questions, please call us at 504-821-2601.

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

  1. Do you have new symptoms associated with COVID-19 (in the last 2 weeks) such as fever, sore throat, cough, loss of taste or smell?
  2. If the answer is YES, would you like an urgent visit for this issue today? Please call or walk in to our testing site.
  3. If the answer is NO: We are requiring everyone to wear a mask for their appointments, please keep it on during your time at our facility for your safety and the safety of others.

Learn about TeleVisits and Telehealth

About Telehealth and TeleVisits

CrescentCare COVID-19 Public Updates Podcast:

Latest Episodes:


Episode 42 | 12/04/2020: Science Friday with Dr. Jose

Due to technical difficulties the audio on the first five minutes isn’t great; our apologies.

Questions:

  • Update on numbers
  • Update on trends
  • Update on Models
  • Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines
  • AZ Vaccine
  • CDC change in quarantine guidelines
  • Drug news
  • Prioritization Strategy for who gets vaccine
  • Life questions: Can I travel for Christmas?
  • Life questions: I’m tired. Is the end in sight?

Links:


  Listen for all the details | Transcript coming soon

Previous Episodes:

Episode 41 | 11/13/2020: Science Friday With Dr. Jose

Questions: 

  1. Update on Numbers
  2. Update on Trends
  3. Update on Models
  4. Some conclusions about all of the above
  5. The Pfizer Vaccine News
    • What we have (press release of early analysis)
    • What we don’t have (published data)
    • What we know right now
    • My questions about what we know right now
    • Some interesting features of the study design (stop me from taking you all into the weeds)
    • What is mRNA and how does an mRNA vaccine work, anyway?
  6. Eli Lilly Mab Received EUA
  7. Two studies of mental health and COVID
  8. Lancet Psych study of bidirectional relationship of COVID and mental health
  9. JAMA WashU study of fluvoxamine to prevent clinical worsening
  10. CDC Updated their Mask Guidance
  11. Herd Immunity: still a terrible idea.

Links: 


  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 team published in Oct/Dec 2020 Journal of Ambulatory Care Management

Congratulations to CrescentCare’s Dr. Jason Halperin, MD, MPH, Dr. Isolde Butler, MD, Ms. Katherine Conner, MPH, and Mr. Christian Telleria, BS. They have co-authored, with Dr. Bruce Agins of the Institute for Global Health Sciences, University of California at San Francisco, an article titled “The Vital Role of a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the Oct./Dec. 2020 issue of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.

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