East Baton Rouge lost 543 people to the coronavirus in 2020

East Baton Rouge lost 543 people to the coronavirus in 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - It’s been a year of tragedy for thousands of Louisianans this year with the coronavirus taking 7,400 lives.

Unfortunately, it’s a number that grows every day as more folks end up in the hospital or on a ventilator.

In East Baton Rouge, 543 people have died. That number far outpaces homicides and drug overdoses, both of which have spiked, according to the coroner’s office.

Jennifer Robinson sees the pain left behind by the virus on the masked faces that come through her funeral home every week.

“I’ve seen multiple deaths in one family and it’s literally torn them apart,” said Robinson, the owner of Resting Place Funeral Home. “Or you’re in the hospital, your moms passed from COVID, you’re in ICU and you can’t even attend your mother’s funeral or say goodbye to your mom and then the rest of your family is in quarantine so it’s real.”

At least once a week Robinson has to prepare a service for someone who has died from Covid-19. It is a service few will see as only a handful can enter the small chapel.

“I can’t explain the heartbreak of someone that’s burying a grandmother and that’s because someone brought it to her,” she said. “That’s the real issue of it. That’s real and they don’t get it.”

As Robinson says goodbye to 2020, she is hoping COVID will be buried with it, she said she is tired of laying loved ones to rest.

“You just wish you could do more for people,” she said.

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