COVID-19 Testing for Child Care Workers
Agenda for Children is partnering with Community Organized Response Effort (CORE) to provide weekly COVID-19 testing for child care workers, beginning in New Orleans. Testing is free for all. No ID or health insurance is required, and test results are available within 3-5 days via text or email.
The goal of this effort is to provide regular testing to all child care workers, which will help to identify cases early, and reduce the spread within centers.
Why should child care workers get tested regularly for COVID-19, whether or not they’re symptomatic?
Child care staff are frontline workers who experience frequent and prolonged exposure to children, co-workers and families who may be infected with the virus. It is estimated that at least 40% of COVID-19 infections are asymptomatic, meaning many people will not know if they are carrying the virus. Regular testing will ensure that any cases can be isolated and contained before spreading further to other staff, children or families.
How often should child care workers get tested?
Workers are encouraged to get tested once a week through this initiative.
Where and when can I get tested?
This week, CORE will be at Olive Bush Playground (2500 Caffin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117):
Wednesday, October 14, 1 pm - 6 pm
Thursday, October 15, 1 pm - 6 pm
Friday, October 16, 1 pm - 6 pm
Saturday, October 17, 9 am - 1 pm
You can find upcoming testing dates and locations HERE.
Initially, testing will be available in Orleans Parish, but we will be working with CORE to expand testing availability to the other parishes we serve.
Is it mandatory?
COVID-19 testing for child care workers is completely voluntary.
What else do I need to know or bring?
Please bring your mobile phone, as it will make the registration and testing process faster. Additionally, do not consume any food, drinks or gum within 20 minutes before arrival for testing.
Upcoming Testing Dates and Locations