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New EBR COVID-19 testing sites falling short of goal; 3,374 tested in 3 days

4 weeks 19 hours 8 minutes ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 July 09, 2020 7:11 PM July 09, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

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.

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