Baton Rouge, LA – March 19, 2020
The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Community Testing Site at Baton Rouge General – Mid City will resume operations Thursday only for patients who had orders faxed prior to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The orders must be faxed into the site by the patient’s physician. Anyone with written orders will not be admitted. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome convened her COVID-19 Medical Task Force Tuesday to strengthen testing protocols, so our most vulnerable patients receive a COVID-19 test. The site will remain open on a day-by-day basis as supplies allow, Monday – Friday 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The community testing site is an initiative led the Mayor’s Office and local physicians. It is staffed by doctors from area hospitals and clinics. The test kits needed to operate the site are donated by those hospitals and clinics. The testing site has relieved pressure on hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms, which are also administering COVID-19 tests.
Nearly 500 tests have been administered since the community testing site became operational on Monday. 115 tests were administered Wednesday.