Lafayette,LA- President Biden laid out his plan to combat COVID-19 as the winter began, possibly making those with private insurance feel a little more secure during the pandemic.
"My plan I am announcing today pulls no punches in the fight against COVID-19."
President Biden laid out his plan to ensure that as the winter months approach... COVID-19 cases don't increase significantly. "It doesn't include shutdowns or lockdowns, but widespread vaccinations and boosters and testings a lot more."
One strategy to fight against covid-19 is free at-home covid-19 tests for all. With some at-home tests starting at about twenty-five dollars, the administration asks private insurers to provide free at-home tests.
Ryan Pickett believes, "Maintaining a good routine for when it comes to COVID is important."
Pickett sees this as a safety precaution. It's helpful for those with private insurers that just want to be safe, especially when it seems covid doesn't plan to go anywhere. "You never know where people are coming from, when was the last tie they were tested, or they vaccinated. That's not something that people really talk about at family gatherings."
The plan is not expected to be ready until the new year, and federal rules governing the program are still being drafted.
The medical director of the Public Health Office in Acadiana, Dr. Tina Stefanski, wants residents to know they have other options."If you have access to one of the health units, we do no-cost testing, and we actually collect a PCR. If you have no symptoms and you really want that kind of extra level of certainty, the PCR is really the better test."
Rapid testing is done on Monday-Friday between 8-2 at any health unit in Lafayette at no cost, and you can find your results immediately.