Wednesday, March 31, 2021
I am happy to announce that St. Tammany Parish will closely align with the State’s most recent Phase III Order, and that after a year of strict requirements, restrictions on most of our businesses will ease. As businesses resume under this new Order, the mask mandate will remain in place. We encourage businesses to follow the guidelines set forth by the State Fire Marshal’s Office in opensafely.la.gov.
Our Percent Positivity Rate remains below 3%. Our case rates are lower now than they were this time last year, and though we have a persistent downward trend, we still need to practice the proper precautions. Our goal, as it has always been, is to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and to lessen the burden on our hospitals and healthcare workers, and we feel we are now able to do that while responsibly taking the next step forward.
With numerous reasons to gather ahead of us, such as Easter weekend, I want to encourage our citizens to continue taking personal responsibility. We do not want to let our guard down at this time. In order to maintain and build on the progress that has been made, it is important now more than ever to continue to heed the advice of our medical professionals.
The Louisiana Air National Guard and the state Office of Public Health, administered 163 doses of the Moderna vaccine earlier this week at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds.
I ask that each of you continue to encourage anyone over the age of sixteen, who wishes to receive the vaccine, to take the opportunity to do so. Information on COVID-19, including vaccine and testing information, can be found at www.stpgov.org/covid19.
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.
Michael B. Cooper