EBR Coroner’s Office holds news conference regarding coronavirus deaths in Baton Rouge.


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We have some sad news to pass along, the first two people to die from COVID-19 in East Baton Rouge Parish have been identified.

The two deaths that occurred over the weekend involved a 90-year-old man and a 44-year-old- woman.

The coroner’s office says the first victim died on March 21.

The elderly man was from Woodville, Mississippi.

Two days later, a second death was confirmed by the coroner’s office.

The second victim was from Baton Rouge.

According to the coroner’s office, the 44-year-old woman was “presented to the hospital with complaints of shortness of breath,” and died on March 22.

Mayor Broome released this statement:

I am deeply saddened to receive confirmation today of the first fatalities attributed to COVID-19 in EBR. On behalf of our community, I share our love and condolences to the family and friends of the patients. As a community, we MUST support each other during these uncertain times! Continue to do you part! As Governor Edwards mentioned, we must all behave as if we may have CORONAVIRUS, stay calm… stay aware but most of all stay apart!

Our Lady of the Lake followed suit and released this statement:

“We offer continual prayers for those impacted by this disease.  Our community is resilient and we will get through this difficult time together.”

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