Iberia’s new home test and mask distribution meet demand after running out weeks ago

NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) – The City of New Iberia was able to meet demand for its COVID test and distribution of KN95 masks on Wednesday morning. It’s a stark contrast to earlier this month when they ran out of 300 tests in just 20 minutes.

Bumper-to-bumper cars lined the streets surrounding West End Park on January 19 waiting their turn to receive a box of two COVID tests and two KN95 masks. Those at the start of the line arrived at 6:30 a.m. for an event that started at 9:00 a.m.

“I was amazed. I saw the news last night, but it shows how serious it is,” Larry Mckelly said after receiving his tests.

Mckelly was one of hundreds who received the tests on Wednesday, but he was the only one to do so on a bike.

“My wife is diabetic. She has other diseases, you know. She has rheumatoid arthritis, that’s why I came, and I cut the line, but it’s so crowded here. I had no choice,” Mckelly explained.

This time, each vehicle was limited to one home test kit, instead of two like on January 7. This is because the 300 kits provided by the Louisiana Department of Health for this giveaway had two tests inside, unlike the January 7 giveaway where the 300 kits only had one test. Indeed, officials had double the stock available.

” I feel very good. We didn’t miss out,” Mayor Freddie DeCourt told News 10. “Last time we donated we had about the same amount and we ran out with a lot of people waiting. So it feels good to distribute 300 tests, to distribute 700 masks. »

Two KN95 masks from the remains of New Iberia first responders were also distributed with each test. Firefighters carried out tests for about an hour after the line dried up and a few cars went down until eventually none remained. In the end, around 80 test kits were packed. Mayor Freddie DeCourt plans to use them for another document in the future.

“We’ll ask for more and try to do it again if we can,” DeCourt said.