BATON ROUGE, LA — September 10, 2020 — While I am pleased the vast majority of our community is working together to move forward through the pandemic, I remain concerned about the health of our residents and our economy.
As of today, the rate of COVID-19 in our community has plateaued, but it has not gone down to a safe level. Right now we are closely monitoring any resurgence of the coronavirus in East Baton Rouge Parish as it relates to the recent Labor Day holiday. We are also keeping a close eye on the number of new cases, hospital capacity and positivity rate among those getting tested.
To that end, East Baton Rouge Parish will stay the course in mitigating COVID-19:
- I have ordered our mask mandate to be extended for the duration of Phase 3.
- We have partnered with the State Fire Marshal’s Office to enforce COVID-19 restrictions. Concerned citizens can call 211 to file a complaint.
- Our residents should also take advantage of the free federal surge testing currently available in our community, known as Geaux Get Tested. Visit DoINeedACovid19Test.com for details.
At this point, it is critical we wear face coverings, avoid crowds, and avoid gathering with people outside of our household or core support group. I am calling on our residents to double down on our efforts to protect our health and economy.