WATCH: Mayor Broome gives update on COVID-19, Delta variant, vaccinations for EBR

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Community healthcare partners joined Mayor Sharon Weston Broome at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Among other things, the news conference covered “COVID-19, vaccinations, hospitalizations, and the Delta variant in East Baton Rouge Parish.”

Mayor Broome started the news conference by saying that the community has celebrated a comeback over the last few months. But, over the last 30-days, hospitalization due to COVID-19 has tripled.

“Let me repeat that we are now in our fourth surge, and we have been here before,” Broome said.

Broome and medical experts emphasize that this virus is affecting younger people. Dr. Louis Minsky, from Baton Rouge Clinic, said half of the COVID-19 patients coming into their emergency department are under 40.

“We are seeing numbers increase in our younger people as well as our pregnant women,” Minsky said.

With hospitalizations on the rise, Broome provided these COVID-19 vaccine numbers:

  • 40 percent of East Baton Rouge has competed the vaccinations series
  • 44 percent has started the vaccination series in EBR

Dr. Tatiana C. Saavedra followed Mayor Broome and stated that the “Delta variant is the dominate variant across the U.S.”

Dr. Saavedra emphasized that the Delta variant is highly infectious.

“It’s so contagious that one person can infect upwards to eight or nine people,” Saavedra said.

And the new variant affects people differently.

“Not only its appearance but how it affects us, who it affects, and the symptoms that we have,” Minsky explained. “If you had COVID last year, you are not protected against the Delta virus this year.

The message was simple, the solution they keep stressing, is the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We have to work together to increase vaccinations, lives depend on it and its that simple,” Broome said.

The press conference took place at the Mall of Louisiana Vaccination Site.

Watch the full press conference:

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