Letters to Leaders


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Good afternoon,

March 13th will mark the one-year anniversary of when I, along with other local elected officials, stood before you to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on St. Tammany Parish.  Today, as we move into Phase III, Parish Government employees will resume on-campus work and the majority of our Parish buildings will be reopened to the public.  We ask that everyone be prepared to undergo the required screenings, and be prepared to wear a mask when inside Parish buildings, in addition to while visiting Parish-owned playgrounds like the Kids Konnection and the playground at Camp Salmen Nature Park.

Parish-run litter abatement crews utilizing staff working to fulfill Community Service obligations will continue, but with increased capacity.  The Department of Animal Services will welcome volunteers back to the Shelter.

Vaccine eligibility continues to expand, and I urge every person who is eligible and who would like to receive the vaccine to please get one as soon as you are able.  The Louisiana Office of Public Health announced three vaccine clinics in Region 9 – the Northshore region – through Friday of this week. Additional dates will be announced as more vaccines become available.  Vaccine information may be found here.

Shortly after the pandemic emergency response began in St. Tammany, my comments to all citizens were,

When we come through this, I want us all to look back at the way we united to face this unfamiliar foe.  I want us to be proud.  I want us to be able to say that we made individual choices to listen to and act upon what our elected leaders asked us to do to protect one another.”

I am thankful and proud of the way we have all come together during this year of uncertainties to work together and make this remarkable progress.  We want to build on our forward momentum and continue to take responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 by taking the necessary precautions and continuing to make individual choices to protect one another.

I encourage everyone to remain steadfast in Phase III as we work together to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.

As always, should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stay Safe!


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President


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