Times like these have us thinking about how we can provide for ourselves, but for musicians, things are especially difficult. The Musicians' Clinic is joining forces with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and The Howlin' Wolf to provide free COVID-19 testing for local musicians, artists, and cultural workers.
The program will offer results within three to five business days, which will be delivered by phone to a number that the patient requests they be sent to. Prospective patients are urged not to eat, drink, use tobacco, or chew gum 20 minutes before your appointment. Additionally, if you do not hear back within that time frame, patients can also call in at 311 and request their results by simply providing their name.
The program allows anyone to be tested, regardless of insurance, payment, or identification, which is a great option for those who do not normally have the means to pay for medical care. Although medical staff do ask for ID to speed up the process, not having identification will not exclude you from testing. This is the first of a series of opportunities for artists in the New Orleans area to be tested for Covid.
The first testing event will be this Friday, August 7, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf, which is located at 907 S. Peters Street. Testing is by appointment only, so make sure to book ahead of time.
For those interested in hearing more about this and other opportunities for testing, the website can be found HERE.