Fred’s in Tigerland will host a coronavirus testing site Thursday for college students and staff working at nearby bars.
More than 100 people tested positive for COVID-19 after going to bars in that area last weekend. State health officials have urged anyone who has gone to those bars to isolate themselves.
The site will be open from 9 am to 5 pm in the parking lot at 1184 Bob Pettit Blvd. and will be available to any college student 18 years of age or older with valid student ID.
Those interested in receiving a test must be previously selected at http://relieftelemed.com/tigerland.
State health officials confirmed a new coronavirus outbreak in bars in the Tigerland area near LSU, urging those who visited him to self-quarantine …
Students must bring a valid government-issued ID, health insurance card, and valid university ID. If a student is uninsured, tests can be provided at no cost.
Attendees must remain in their car upon arrival.
Nasal swab results will be available in two to four days and will only detect an active infection. The test is coordinated through a partnership between Relief Telemed and Neighborhood Health.
“Tigerland is an integral part of the university community in Baton Rouge, and we wanted to do something to keep that community safe,” said Vishal Vasanji, executive director of Relief Telemed.
Several prominent bars and restaurants near the LSU campus closed over Father’s Day weekend after employees tested positive for the virus. On Saturday Sports Illustrated reported that at least 30 LSU soccer players had tested positive for the virus; some of them had visited Tigerland bars.
On Monday, LSU announced that it would postpone “Phase 3” of its reopening, which would have meant a limited reopening of the student union, library, recreation center, and dining facilities and would have allowed more teachers to return to campus.
That announcement came the same day that Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the state was delaying a move to Phase 3, citing increases in confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. On Tuesday, state health officials announced 1,356 new confirmed cases across the state; It is the first time since April 9 that more than 1,000 cases were reported in one day.
A handful of employees and sponsors at JL’s Place and Reggie in Tigerland have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a WBRZ report.
Multiple LSU soccer players have tested positive for coronavirus and are now quarantined, multiple sources told The Advocate.