COVID-19 Testing Plan

The Louisiana Department of Health announces its comprehensive testing plan, which includes 11 partners.

The state’s comprehensive plan includes four goals:

  • Increase baseline testing by 100,000 tests by the end of May
  • Achieve monthly statewide testing at 4% per capita
  • Achieve 2% per capita tested in all parishes by the end of May
  • Achieve positivity of 10% or less as a state and regionally

Louisiana’s testing plan features a multipronged approach to test vulnerable populations, including congregate settings (such as nursing homes and correctional facilities), communities with insufficient access to testing (including African American and rural communities), and populations that require specialized approaches to testing (including populations with special needs). The Governor’s Health Equity Taskforce provided feedback on this comprehensive plan to ensure increased testing across the state addresses and reaches these communities.

The State continues to expand overall testing capacity through the State Lab, partnerships across the state and with contracts to meet any gaps in testing capacity. The State has recently executed contracts for laboratory services, community testing, Congregate Facility Testing Teams (CFTT) and Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) teams.

Laboratory services will work to quickly, efficiently and correctly test and report COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results. Community testing teams will work within their communities to staff mobile and diagnostic testing sites. CFTTs will work in congregate settings as needed. ICAR teams will provide information, tools and resources to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings. Infection control assessments will be conducted onsite at facilities and include review of safety and cleaning practices, visitor restrictions, monitoring and screening of residents and staff, PPE use and a plan for resident grouping based on positivity rates.

The state is partnering with the following 11 commercial providers.

Provider

Contracted Service

Omega Diagnostics, LLC

Lab Services

Premier Lab Services

Lab Services

Stone Clinical Laboratories

Lab Services

Tulane University Health Sciences Center

Lab Services

LCMC Health

Testing Services – Regions 1,3 & 9
2 CFTTs, 2 ICAR teams

LSU Health Shreveport

Lab Services
Testing Services – Region 7
4 Community teams, 2 ICAR teams

New Orleans East Hospital

Testing Services Regions 1, 3 & 9
1 Community team

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Testing Services – Regions 1,2,3,4 & 8
5 CFTTs, 5 ICAR teams

Pafford Medical Services, Inc. Testing Services – Regions 2,4,5,6 & 7 
8 CFTTs, 8 ICAR teams

Safety Management Systems, LLC

Testing Services – Regions 1,2,3,4 & 8
5 CFTTs, 5 ICAR teams
Southwest LA AHEC Testing Services – Regions 2,4,5 & 7  
8 CFTTs, 6 ICAR teams

Documents submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

LDH’s Office of Public Health will deploy partners to communities and regions where needs are identified.

For a summary of Louisiana’s comprehensive testing plan, click here.

Click here for a map of LDH Regions.