Coronavirus testing now available for seniors in Baker


BAKER, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Age and health both play a role in who is infected by the coronavirus and how fast it spreads, but location is also an indicator.

Deborah Edmondson says she’s been looking to get tested for the virus for some time.

“I’m not really sure, but I think I had something similar to the COVID-19 virus in February,” Edmondson says.

But every time she drove to Baton Rouge from Baker she’d end up in a standstill and never got a test, until today. Mayor Darnell Waites, the mayor of Baker says he’s partnered up with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome to open testing sites in Baker.

“This is the first testing site we’ve had here,” Mayor Waites says.

The Advantage Charter Academy is now open for people like Edmondson to finally get access to coronavirus testing, but not everyone qualifies to get tested in baker.

“My goal is to get all seniors tested to let them know where they stand,” Mayor Waites says.

Only people above the age of 60 can be tested in Baker, Mayor Waites says this group is the most vulnerable and needs access to testing right now.

Starting today they can line up and fill out a registration form for a test. Their information will be processed through southeast community health systems, and then people like Edmondson can know for sure.

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