French Market hosts free oral swab COVID-19 testing Nov. 18

(Photo: The French Market looking towards Ursulines Avenue. | Infrogmation | CC Flickr)
Free self-administered oral swab COVID-19 tests will be available at the French Market on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Tests will be available via walk-up at 1235 N. Peters St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing is available to all ages, and an ID and insurance are not required.

Officials ask that individuals not eat, drink or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes before testing.

The test is quick and considered “painless,” compared to other tests, and results are available in three to five business days.

Anyone with questions regarding testing is asked to call 504-206-6275. For more information, visit ready.nola.gov.

Saliva-based tests were shown to be anywhere between 80% to 99% accurate, according to a study published by Front Med in August.

The tests are sponsored by Community Organized Relief Effort, or CORE, which works with 504HealthNet to provide community health care. CORE was founded by actor Sean Penn following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Both organizations are nonprofits.

More than 208,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Louisiana, with an increase of 2,626 on Tuesday; and 14,711 cases were reported in Orleans Parish, with an increase of 118 Tuesday, according to the Department of Health.

The Quarter Report!

The following is taken from the New Orleans Police calls-for-service daily log and includes incidents reported in and in the area immediately surrounding the French Quarter. The signal type may be changed or reclassified for up to 36 hours after the incident is marked up, according to the NOPD. Graphic created by Eric T. Styles.

Monday, Nov. 9:

Incident — At 1:09 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a municipal near the intersection of Barracks and French Market Place.

Incident — At 7:29 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 600 block of Dauphine Street

Incident — At 8:02 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 1000 block of Orleans Avenue.

Incident — At 8:30 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Basin and Conti streets.

Incident — At 9:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 9:42 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:33 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft at the intersection of Bienville and Bourbon streets.

Incident — At 1:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 1200 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 2:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury near the intersection of Bienville and Basin streets.

Incident —At 4:06 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 4:30 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an armed robbery with a knife near the intersection of Dauphine Street and Esplanade Avenue.

Incident — At 8:58 p..m, New Orleans Police received a report of a bicycle theft in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 9:43 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 100 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 10:58 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of obscenity/exposing in the 500 block of Dumaine Street.

Incident — At 11:14 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft near the intersection of Canal and Baronne streets.

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

Incident — At 6:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm with no response in the 600 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:18 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:49 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 1000 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 11:55 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage in the 100 block of Roosevelt Way.

Incident — At 12:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 900 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 5:49 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated assault in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 5:55 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of Iberville and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 6:51 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

Incidents — At 8:12 p.m., New Orleans Police received six reports of municipal attachments in the 1100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:53 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a report of reckless driving near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville streets.

Incident — At 9:31 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:37 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a report of a simple battery near the intersection of Canal and Royal streets.

Incident — At 11:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

Wednesday, Nov. 11:

Incident — At 7:55 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 7:57 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:37 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 500 block of Chartres Street.

Incident — At 11:08 am., New Orleans Police received a report of a report of a simple battery in the 100 block of Chartres Street.

Incident — At 12:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an autho theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 900 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 1:32 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 1:57 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Elk Place and Canal Street.

incident — At 3:03 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:12 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:34 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats near the intersection of Canal Street and Elk Place.

Incident — At 11:14 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision in the 700 block of Conti Street.

Thursday, Nov. 12:

Incidents — At 1:30 a.m., New Orleans Police received two reports of municipal attachments in the 1200 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 1:30 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations in the 1200 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 3:04 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 1000 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 1:31 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — 3:04 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a residence burglary in the 700 block of Dumaine Street.

Incident — At 3:34 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street.

Incident — At 3:52 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 500 block of Port of New Orleans Place.

Incident — At 3:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary near the intersection of Conti and North Rampart Streets.

Incident — At 4:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury in the 1000 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 7:45 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple robbery in the 800 block of Toulouse Street.

Incident — At 9:56 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Friday, Nov. 13:

Incident — At 12:09 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket near the intersection of Conti and Bourbon streets.

Incident — At 12:55 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 300 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 1:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple burglary in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:13 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple robbery in the 900 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 4:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a person illegally carrying a gun near the intersection of Roosevelt Way and Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations near the intersection of Roosevelt Way and Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:03 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:14 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 200 block of Chartres Street.

Incident — At 7:39 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 600 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 9:02 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 4 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple assault in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 5:23 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:24 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 600 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 11:19 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:42 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Bienville and Chartres streets.

Saturday, Nov. 14:

Incident — At 12:16 a.m., At 12:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery near the intersection of Baronne and Canal streets.

Incident — At 1:32 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 1:41 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations in the 200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 5:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a carjacking in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:51 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of obscenity/exposing in the 900 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:13 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:51 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple robbery in the 200 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:06 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:44 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 200 block of Chartres Street.

Incident — At 11:07 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 600 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:18 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 1000 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 12:40 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 700 block of Barracks Street.

Incident — At 1:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:43 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 600 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 9:09 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 10:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of Royal and Conti streets.

Sunday, Nov. 15:

Incident — At 12:06 a.m,, New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations in the 100 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 1:32 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of reckless driving near the intersection of Conti and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 2:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run near the intersection of Decatur and Esplanade streets.

Incident — At 3:06 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery near the intersection of Bourbon and Canal streets.

Incident — At 8:49 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:51 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 600 block of Toulouse Street.

Incident — At 10:59 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:21 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 700 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 11:52 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 400 block of Esplanade Avenue.

Incident — At 12:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of obscenity/exposing in the 700 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 3:03 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated assault near the intersection of St. Louis and Bourbon street.

Incident — At 3:03 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 3:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a person discharging a firearm near the intersection of Burgundy and Bienville streets.

Incident — At 3:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 3:28 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a recovery of a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident —At 4:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple robbery in the 700 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 5:43 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 9:28 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 100 block of Royal Street.

New Orleans Police towed four vehicles.

Gov. Nicholls Street sidewalk construction starts Nov. 16; travel lanes narrowed until Dec. 2020

(Photo: The corner of Dauphine and Governor Nicholls streets. | Infrogmation | Wikimedia Commons)
Lanes will be narrowed on Gov. Nicholls Street in the French Quarter starting Monday and until December as city contract workers begin construction on a new sidewalk.

Roadwork will begin in the 1000 block of Gov. Nicholls Street, near the intersection of North Rampart Street, and will progress southward one block at a time towards the French market, according to New Orleans officials.

In addition to narrowed travel lanes, parking in the 400 to 1000 blocks of Gov. Nicholls will be closed to accommodate the sidewalk installation.

Street parking and/or driveway access will be impacted, and residents and visitors must adhere to “no parking” signs on the streets, to avoid being ticketed or towed, according to officials.

Lane closure signs will be posted throughout construction.

“Residents and commuters are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near the construction site,” said city spokeswoman LaTonya Norton. “Public safety is our top priority.”

The sidewalk work is being completed as part of the $2 million 2020 French Quarter Sidewalk Improvement Plan, which is being completed by Hard Rock Construction. The work is expected to be completed by late December 2020.

Anyone with questions about this project or RoadworkNOLA should call 504-658 7623 or email roadwork@nola.gov.

Bar Tonique, Black Penny reopen after shutting down due to COVID-19 restrictions

(Photo: Bar Tonique | Peter Burka | CC Flickr)
Two bars on North Rampart Street in the French Quarter have reopened earlier this month after shutting down due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Bar Tonique, Located at 820 N. Rampart St., reopened on Nov. 11. The bar’s hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

To enter, the bar requires face coverings when moving around the bar and interacting with staff, physical distancing, limiting group size and no congregating around the bar to wait for an order. For more information, visit the bar’s website.

Black Penny, located at 700 N. Rampart St., announced Nov. 5 that it’s open for to-go drinks and some outside seating from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

New Orleans Police seek suspects accused of attempted murder, aggravated battery in French Market robbery

(Photos: Surveillance photo footage of alleged suspects in Nov. 6 armed robbery. | Courtesy of NOPD)
Two men are wanted for alleged attempted murder and aggravated battery charges stemming from an armed robbery near the French Market last week.

Arrest warrants were obtained for Tyler Bailey, 32, and Elliot Wilkinson, 35, who are wanted in an investigation of an armed robbery that occurred on Friday, Nov. 6 in the 1000 block of French Market Place, according to New Orleans Police.

New Orleans Police received a report of an armed robbery with a knife shortly after 10 p.m., when a victim was allegedly attacked from behind by Bailey and Wilkinson, who took the victim’s backpack and fled the scene.

Emergency medical responders arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital.

Through an investigation, detectives later identified Bailey and Wilkinson as the suspects in the incident, according to New Orleans Police.

Bailey is described as a white male standing approximately 6 feet 1 inch, with a thin build and long curly hair.

Wilkinson is described as a white male standing approximately 5 feet 7 inches, with a muscular build and multiple tattoos on his forearms

When located, Bailey will be arrested on a charge of aggravated battery, while Wilkinson will be arrested on charges of attempted second degree murder and armed robbery, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.

Elliot Wilkinson, left; Tyler Bailey, right. Courtesy of NOPD.