Dillard to host free COVID-19 testing in Gentilly

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For Immediate Release
May 22, 2020

NEW ORLEANS Dillard University’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHHDRC), Office of Community and Church Relations along with the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) will host a free two-day COVID-19 walk-up testing site on the Gentilly campus. Testing will take place in the University’s Student Union parking lot on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29 from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m (or until tests have maximized for the day). Those needing to be screened should use the institution’s St. Anthony Street entrance to get to the testing site. 

 

The City of New Orleans began Phase One of reopening the city on Saturday, May 16. Phase One eased the Stay Home Order and restrictions on some low-risk operations. It also implemented limits on occupancy, social distancing measures, and requirements for personal protective equipment per media reports. To track case spikes, the City of New Orleans created several partnerships with businesses, schools, and organizations around the city so that testing efforts can be equitable for all New Orleans residents. 

 

The MHHDRC is a component of a grant Dillard received from the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The NIMHD Research Endowment Grant is specifically targeted at building research infrastructure and furthering cutting edge research among eligible institutions. 

 

For more information on Dillard University’s COVID-19 walk up testing site, contact Tiffany Kirkwood, coordinator of MHHDRC programming at tkirkwood@dillard.edu or Nick Harris, director of Dillard University’s Office of Community and Church Relations. For information about COVID-19 testing, contact Chantell Reed, NOHD deputy director, at chantell.reed@nola.gov

 

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