Baton Rouge, LA – March 12, 2020 – Effective immediately, I am issuing an executive order to declare a public health emergency in East Baton Rouge Parish. As of this morning, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the parish — this is a proactive measure that is aligned with Governor John Bel Edwards’ proclamation for a statewide emergency.
I am coordinating with area hospitals and healthcare providers to create the best plan to diminish the transmission of the virus in our community. My office is in continuous communication with officials at all levels — federal, state and local — receiving the most updated information, and we will continue being transparent with the information we are provided.
With public safety and health in mind, I have made the decision to postpone all permitted public events until further notice. I have communicated this decision to several organizers of imminent events. I am appreciative that we are aligned in our commitment to protect our community.
As for private events, it is up to the discretion of organizers. Many have already postponed out of an abundance of caution, and I encourage remaining events to consider the same course of action.
If you plan to attend an event, I strongly encourage you to use discretion and practice social distancing, by refraining from hugging, kissing and shaking hands. The CDC advises staying 6 feet away from other individuals.
The risk of infection is low in East Baton Rouge — and we aim to keep it that way.
Please remain calm and stay informed. You can find more details on our website: brla.gov, where we have posted a Red Stick Ready banner and notification center. Please check it regularly for updated information.
Tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Metro Council chambers, I will hold a press conference with the leaders of East Baton Rouge Parish hospitals and healthcare providers to inform the public of our coordinated efforts to address potential cases of coronavirus in our community.