Mayor-President Broome to hold news briefing on current state of COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – Could EBR Parish be moving back to phase one? Mayor-President Broome will have that answer Thursday afternoon.

Broome says with the current numbers, Baton Rouge is averaging two deaths a day to the virus.

Just last week, the parish recorded its third highest day of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began more than 10 months ago and that’s what she’s concerned about.

“The‌ ‌effects‌ ‌of‌ ‌this‌ ‌pandemic‌ ‌go‌ ‌beyond‌ ‌hospitalizations‌ ‌and‌ ‌mitigation‌ ‌measures‌. It directly ‌ ‌ threatens ‌the lives ‌our‌ ‌residents.‌ I have a very strong concern about the compliance that is not taking place among some members of our community,” Broome says.

Broome first addressed the community in early November about the coming surge and what could be done to avoid it, but says it’s obvious the community didn’t do enough to avoid outside households over the holidays.

Officials with the Mayor’s Office say she will address steps that are necessary to overcome the current surge.

Broome will be joined by representatives of the business and healthcare community at 1:30 p.m.

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