Coronavirus Information

Baton Rouge General continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely with state agencies, and other hospitals in the region, to ensure our community's preparedness. Please know we are committed to caring for our patients and ensuring we respond to the healthcare needs of our community. Stay tuned to our informational page for the latest visitor information and ongoing updates from the CDC.

EBR Parish COVID-19 Testing Site Information

A statewide network has been launched to answer your questions regarding COVID-19. Call 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211.

COVID-19 Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

What to do if you're sick

If you develop fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, please follow these recommendations:

  1. Call your primary care doctor. If you don’t have one, please call Baton Rouge General Physicians at (225) 763-4500.
  2. Call 2-1-1 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211. This 24/7 hotline is available to answer your Coronavirus questions.

Visitor Information

No visitors will be allowed to enter either hospital.

Exceptions when one visitor over the age of 18 will be allowed, including:

  • Laboring mothers
  • End of life patients
  • Patients with special needs

Visitors who are allowed based on these exceptions will have their temperatures screened before entering the facility. If a visitor has a temperature over 99.9°, they will not be allowed to enter. All patients and visitors will be required to wear a cloth mask, which will be provided upon entering the facility as available.

Hospital Entrances are Limited.

Please use the following entrances:


  • Emergency Department Entrance: Open 24/7 for Emergency Department patients
  • Main Entrance, Entrance 1: Closed
  • Entrance 2: Open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Open to patients/employees who have an appointment or work in Medical Tower 2
  • Entrance 3: Open Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Entrance 4: Open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Open to heart & vascular patients and employees
  • Center for Health Main Entrance, Picardy Plaza Main Entrance: Open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mid City:

  • Main Entrance: Open everyday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Use the call box after 6 p.m.
  • Entrance 2: Closed
  • Entrance 3: Open Monday - Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Open to Rehab & Therapy patients and employees only
  • Entrance 4, 1st Floor Bridge/Breezeway: Open Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Classes & Events: All classes and events have been canceled until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to update as the situation evolves.