Baton Rouge, LA – March 20, 2020 – The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Community COVID-19 Testing Site at Baton Rouge General – Mid City will resume operations Monday, March, 23, only for patients who have orders faxed prior to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. The orders must be faxed into the site by the patient’s physician. Anyone with written orders will not be admitted. The site will remain open on a day-by-day basis as supplies allow, Monday-Friday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The community testing site is an initiative led the Mayor’s Office and local physicians. It is staffed by doctors from area hospitals and clinics. The test kits needed to operate the site are donated by those hospitals and clinics. The testing site has relieved pressure on hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms, which are also administering COVID-19 tests.
Physicians ordering tests have been provided a phone number so they can confirm their patient’s order was received at the testing site and to confirm their patient was tested. There were 93 tests administered Friday, March 20.