BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday directed more than 1,140 soldiers and airmen from the National Guard to assist at COVID-19 testing sites in Baton Rouge.
National Guard members assisted at four new sites in the Baton Rouge area — LSU’s Alex Box Stadium parking lot, Southern University, Cortana Mall and the Lamar Dixon Expo Center — according to the Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office.
“The goal is to test a total of 5,000 people a day at four new test sites in Baton Rouge, over the next 12 to 14 days,” said Kelley Finwall, chief of staff of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases in the Office of Public Health for the Louisiana Department of Health. “While helping with coordination of testing since mid-March, I can’t express enough how helpful the Guard has been … it’s been wonderful. We couldn’t have done all we have done at the department without the Louisiana National Guard’s support and partnership.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 response, Louisiana National Guard members have provided support at more than 30 testing sites and aided in the testing of more than 100,000 citizens, according to the Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office.