New EBR COVID-19 testing sites falling short of goal; 3,374 tested in 3 days
BATON ROUGE - Four new coronavirus testing sites in East Baton Rouge added more than 2,000 new tests to the statewide count over the past couple days.
According to the city-parish, the new testing sites yielded a total of a 3,374 since they opened Tuesday. While test numbers were up at those location Wednesday, with 1,598 performed that day alone, it's still well below the goal set last week.
When announcing the new sites last week, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said the goal is to have 5,000 tests performed between those four locations each day.
The new testing locations came amid a surge in new cases statewide, which has seen roughly 2,000 new cases a day over the past week.
Mayor Broome announced Thursday, July 9 that the testing centers would extend hours of operation to 7 a.m. from 7 p.m. from Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12.
1,524 people were tested on Thursday, which is included in the total number of completed tests among all four testing sites, 3,374.
Great news! #GeauxGetTested has extended hours for the next 3 days! Free COVID-19 tests are now available from 7am-7pm from Fri July 10-Sun July 12.— Sharon Weston Broome (@MayorBroome) July 10, 2020
It's quick and easy. Anyone age 5 or older can get a test. #GeauxGetTested before it's too late!
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