Baton Rouge’s COVID-19 community testing site resumes Wednesday


FILE – In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York’s Long Island. Wide scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing infectious diseases. But the U.S. effort has been plagued by a series of missteps, including accuracy problems with the test kits the CDC sent to other labs and bureaucratic hurdles that slowed the entrance of large, private sector labs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that the city’s COVID-19 community testing site, located at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City facility, resumed testing Wednesday.

Picture courtesy of Deon Guillory

The site will remain open, while supplies last, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., according to the city government’s chief communications officer, Mark Armstrong.

Before someone can receive a test at the site, their physician must first fax an order for the test to the site. Written orders are not accepted.

The site is an initiative of Broome’s office and local physicians, and local hospitals and clinics provided the tests and the doctors administering them.

A total of 904 people received COVID-19 tests at the site since it opened on Monday, March 16, according to Armstrong.

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