CDC confirms 6 new symptoms related to Coronavirus; Where to get tested in New Orleans

CDC confirms 6 new symptoms related to Coronavirus; Where to get tested in New Orleans

The Centers for Disease and Prevention confirmed six new symptoms of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. 

  • chills

  • repeated shaking with chills

  • muscle pain

  • headache

  • sore throat

  • new loss of taste or smell

Previously it had listed just three symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

When to seek medical attention:

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

How does coronavirus spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

People who are infected often have symptoms of illness, however, recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

How to get tested or screened in New Orleans?

Our online COVID-19 risk assessment tool provides guidance if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are unsure about getting tested. 

Take the COVID-19 Health Risk Assessment

Folks can call our Patient Screening Hotline at 504.962.6202 to speak with a nurse. 

  • Our hotline is open Monday - Friday, 7 am–11 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 8 am – 8 pm. You’ll speak to a nurse who will determine next steps including, if deemed necessary, information on testing.

You can also call your Primary Care Provider to discuss any symptoms you may be having or to schedule a virtual visit where available. 

To find a primary care provider near you, visit our physician directory.

Walk-up testing sites Orleans and Jefferson parishes:

LCMC Health, the City of New Orleans’ Health Department, and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) are conducting walk-up testing for COVID-19 across the metro New Orleans area as well as Jefferson Parish. 

A person must be 18 years of age, have been exposed to COVID-19, or think he or she may have had or has symptoms.

Testing will be from 8 am-3 pm each day, or until the allotted 250 tests have been taken. Times subject to change due to weather conditions.

Future dates and sites*

April 28 – May 1 Marrero Community Center

May 4-6 First Grace Methodist @ Comiskey Park, Mid-City

May 7-9 Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans East

May 11-13 Orleans and Claiborne Avenues, Mid-City

May 14-16 Algiers, location TBD

May 18-20 Martin Luther King Elementary School, Lower 9th Ward

May 21-23 Original Morning Star FGBC, Desire

May 26-29 New Orleans East, location TBD

June 1-3 Woodmere Elementary, Westbank

*All dates and sites subject to change. Please check ready.nola.gov/mobile-testing/ for the latest information. 

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