Mayor-President Broome “pleased” with Baton Rouge efforts to ease COVID-19 spread


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome shared her thoughts on the recent COVID-19 numbers in East Baton Rouge Parish.

 “I am pleased East Baton Rouge Parish continues to move in the right direction towards slowing the spread of the coronavirus,” Broome said.

Broome predicts if the EBRP COVID-19 numbers remain steady, bars in the area can lower their restrictions as soon as the middle of next week, which is when the Louisiana Department of Health expects to release its latest data regarding our positivity rate.

In order to ease restrictions, the state requires a parish to report two weeks of positivity at or below five percent.

The state also requires a parish to renew the restrictions if the positivity rate reaches 10% for two consecutive weeks, according to The Louisiana Department of Health.

Broome shared even though the coronavirus positivity rates maybe under five percent, it should not allow residents to return to normalcy.

Now is not the time to become complacent. East Baton Rouge Parish cannot afford to go backwards in our fight against COVID-19. At this point, I implore our residents to continue wearing face coverings, avoiding crowds, and limiting social gatherings to people inside our household or trusted support group so that we can get back to doing all the things we love to do in as safe a manner as possible.


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