BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Testing supplies for the Coronavirus drive-thru testing site are good, but the problem is a backlog in test results.
Another 92 tests were given today at the site at Baton Rouge General Mid-City, bringing the total since testing started to 996.
“We are in the midst of a crisis that could impact us for decades to come,” said Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
The Mayor appealed to the White House for help for the Coronavirus pandemic. Her administration is monitoring hospital capacity every day.
Mayor Broome said, “Today, capacity is not an issue in our community, but if we do not flatten the curve and if we do not slow the disease, it will become and issue in the coming weeks.”
This comes as more people get tested for COVID-19 at Baton Rouge General Mid-City. It is taking about seven days to get results.
“Across the country and quite frankly across the globe, testing centers are being overwhelmed with their ability to turn tests around in the pure volume of tests that are coming through,” said Tre Nelson with Baton Rouge General.
Nelson explained this collaborative effort with all the hospital systems in the city is important.
Nelson added, “The more tests per day that we provide, the greater understanding we have of what things are looking like and what the current conditions are like here in Baton Rouge.”
Mayor Broome advised, “What we need people to do is to stay calm, stay aware, and stay apart.”
Mayor Broome said this testing site is being looked at as a model for other cities along the Mississippi River.