East Baton Rouge Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome says she’s confident that residents will make it through the coronavirus pandemic by working together to keep everyone safe.
“Things are going to be different but the way we get through crisis is working together” said Broome.
Broome announced, Monday, the opening of a coronavirus community testing center in the capital city. The center, at Baton Rouge General’s former Mid City ER, is open Monday through Friday from 1-3 pm for people who have an order from a physician.
“What we want to really communicate is that you just can’t drive up to the testing center” said Broome. You have to contact a physician. They have to fax in orders. If you feel like you don’t have a primary care physician, you can call ‘211’ and they will help you walk through the process” said Broome.
On the first day of testing, 183 patients were administered the coronavirus test.
Tuesday, an executive order from Governor John Bel Edwards went into effect closing public places like movie theatres, casinos, bars and gyms. The order also limits the services of restaurants to take-out or delivery only.
“I am meeting with a group of business people this morning to talk about how we can minimize the economic impact for our city and for our parish” Mayor Broome said. “I am encouraging our citizens to go to restaurants and do take-out. The restaurants are still open, there is just no in-house dining” she said.
The closures will remain in effect through at least April 13.
Mayor Broome says residents should adhere to guidelines from local and federal officials.
“If we do not adhere to these guidelines then we put our whole parish at risk” said Broome. “So going to big crowds or even creating crowded events… the President and the CDC have offered guidance”.
“We’re not trying to be intrusive as government, we just want our community and our citizens to be safe and healthy” Broome said.
As of Tuesday morning, there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in East Baton Rouge parish.