Mayor, Medical experts make plea after COVID-19 case increase in East Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – A recent increase in COVID-19 positive cases is raising concern among the medical community in East Baton Rouge Parish.

“Let’s not let our guard down,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Monday morning, Broome and several members of the medical community came together to express their COVID concerns after a recent increase in cases.

“So we’re all very, very tired of putting on a mask. Of wearing a mask when no one else wears a mask, but it’s necessary. It’s important that we remain vigilant,” said Dr. Louis Minsky with Baton Rouge General.

Doctors said this latest increase in cases is due to a combination of Halloween activities and COVID fatigue. They said try to avoid places that could be crowded like restaurants, bars, and gyms.
They also believe some people and businesses aren’t following the 14-day quarantine time after exposure.

Dr. Tatiana Saavedra, an Infectious Disease Specialist at Baton Rouge Clinic, explained, “That’s certainly concerning because those people could then go on to potentially expose others and spread it unknowingly.”

Doctors added that hospitals and doctors officers are probably the safest places to go. They stressed, if you’re sick, don’t be afraid to get checked and get a flu shot.

Dr. Ralph Dauterive, VP of Medical Affairs at Ochsner Medical Center, added, If you get the flu, it could decrease your immune response to the COVID virus and may result in higher risk of morbidity or mortality from the COVID infection.”

It is advice to help East Baton Rouge Parish avoid a possible third wave of the virus, nine months into this pandemic.

“This is what I describe as short-term discomfort for long term gain,” said Broome.

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