Einstein schools to offer free COVID-19 testing in New Orleans East


FILE – In this Tuesday, July 14, 2020 file photo, Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, teachers check students before a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas. Not knowing if children are infected makes it difficult for schools to reopen safely, many experts say. Scarce data on whether infected children _ including those without symptoms _ easily spread the disease to others complicates the issue, said Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University infectious disease specialist. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

New Orleans (07-19-2020) –- Einstein Charter Schools will host a free COVID-19 testing site sponsored by Liberty Bank, Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen and New Orleans East Hospitals at Sarah T. Reed Highschool on Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21.  Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (while supplies last) at 5316 Michoud Blvd. Community members who would like to be screened should enter through the front entrance on campus.

Those who wish to be tested are required to provide one form of ID and an insurance card, if applicable. Community members will receive results via telephone from a registered nurse within 24-72 hours. Individuals who test positive are advised to follow CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor symptoms that do not require hospitalization.

“We are excited for this collaboration with our partners to provide free testing in New Orleans East,” said Michael McKenzie, CEO of Einstein Schools. “As a network who values our relationship with the community, it is important that we are doing our due diligence to fight the spread of COVID 19.”
All employees are encouraged to get tested prior to the start of the school year. Einstein will host a free giveaway for those who visit the testing site. The grand prize will include (1) loaded backpack with Chromebook, a mask, hand sanitizer, school supplies, disinfectant wipes, and a $25 Walmart gift card. The winner will be contacted on July 22, 2020 and announced on social media.

As COVID-19 disproportionately affects minority groups, specifically African-Americans, the goal of this initiative is to maximize testing for those underprivileged populations. As New Orleans continues in Phase 2 of reopening, implementing distancing and sanitation measures city-wide, COVID-19 cases are continuously on the rise. Proactive testing and following CDC guidelines have been proven to significantly decrease the spread of the virus. For more information on Einstein School’s COVID-19 testing site, email help@einsteincharterschools.org.

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