Public Health

Where & How to Get A Rapid COVID Test in New Orleans?

Khang T. Vuong, MHA24 Dec 2020

Quick Digest

  • As of December 23rd, there have been about 135 new cases each day in New Orleans 
  • Locations such as Rapid Urgent Care and Walgreens offer rapid tests 
  • The price of rapid tests generally is over $120

Louisiana COVID Situation Update 

In response to rising COVID-19 infections across the state, Louisiana created new restrictions that became effective on November 25th, 2020. Below is a brief overview of the Phase Two guidelines. For more information, visit ready.nola.gov. 

  • Masks are required at all times and indoor gatherings must be held at 25% capacity with a maximum occupancy of 75 people
  • Restaurants, libraries, salons, museums, businesses, retail stores, and tattoo services are allowed to remain open at 50% capacity
  • There are a few businesses that will need to completely close in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These locations include concert halls, amusement parks, arcades, indoor playgrounds, parades, and dance clubs. Once the spread of COVID-19 is under control, these places will be permitted to reopen. 

Should I get a PCR or Rapid Test? 

If you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 or had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 you should seek out a diagnostic test. Diagnostic tests (PCR and rapid tests) detect active infections with COVID-19. PCR tests tend to be more accurate than rapid tests; however, it may take 5-7 days to get results to get results from a PCR test. 

Therefore, if you need results immediately, a rapid test may be the best option for you. If you can wait several days for results, you should get a PCR test. 

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell

These locations offer rapid COVID testing in New Orleans 

If you need to return to work quickly, a rapid test may be a good option for you. It is important to note that while the turnaround time for results of rapid tests is short, they are not as accurate are the standard PCR test. 

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information 
Rapid Urgent Care, SlidellClinic visit $120 + possible additional cost for test 2170 Gause Blvd W Suite 101, Slidell, LA 70460
(985) 778-2510
Rapid Urgent Care, MetairieClinic visit $120 + possible additional cost for test 3908 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002
Rapid Urgent Care, MandevilleClinic visit $120 + possible additional cost for test 1111 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70471
Walgreens $129Harvey, LA 70058

These locations offer PCR COVID testing in New Orleans 

PCR testing is available at many clinics and doctors' offices in New Orleans. Below we list some locations that offer testing. Various medical centers may have different protocols regarding eligibility and price of testing, so be sure to call in advance. Results are typically available within a few days to one week. 

Testing SitePCR Test CostSite Information 
Crescent Care Must Inquire 1631 Elysian Fields Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 821-2601
Walgreens $129Harvey, LA 70058
DePaul Community Health CentersMust Inquire See 10 locations here
CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic $1391600 Elysian Fields Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117
Ochsner Urgent Care ClinicsMust inquire See locations here

If you do not want to get a test in-person, you may be able to order an at-home testing kit. There are currently 9 producers and price ranges from free to around $155. 

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