Coronavirus testing ramps up as EBR sees its first COVID-19 deaths

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 BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Long lines are back for the start of the second week of drive-thru Coronavirus testing at Baton Rouge General Mid-City.

No weekend testing here, but during that time, the city saw its first two deaths from COVID 19.
A 44-year-old woman and a 90-year-old man both tested positive for the virus while at Our Lady of the Lake.

“I think there’s been an increase in the number of positive tests because we’re probably testing more people,” East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said.

During a Facebook live news conference, Coroner Dr. Beau Clark explained a 44-year-old Baton Rouge woman died Sunday. The 90-year-old man was from Mississippi who was moved to Our Lady of the Lake. Dr. Clark says both people had underlying health issues. They are the most concern.

Dr. Clark said, “Such as high blood pressure, diabetes, lung diseases like COPD or chronic obstructive pulminary disease. People that have chronic lung illnesses, smokers. All those folks, if they get this respiratory illness, they can have a very challenging time trying to fight off the infection.”

As testing sites continue, the Coroner has this warning.

“It is passed pretty aggressively and pretty rapidly amongst people and that’s why social distancing and protecting yourself is so important,” Dr. Clark said.

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

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