Letters to Leaders


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Good afternoon,

I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend.  I know many of our citizens spent the holiday with family and friends while continuing to maintain personal responsibility.  We saw this firsthand when the Louisiana Department of Health released the latest numbers showing St. Tammany Parish at 2.2 percent positivity rate.

We are continuing to make progress as we move through the recently modified Phase III.  If you are a local business owner and are working to reopen safely, I encourage you to follow the guidelines set forth by the State Fire Marshal’s Office in opensafely.la.gov.

The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) has officially launched.  STRAP is providing aid to households that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have two locations, one on Koop Drive in Mandeville and one in Slidell at the Towers building, open for in-person applications.  If you would like to set up an appointment, you may do so by calling (985) 898-3016 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For more information you may visit www.stpgov.org/departments/grants.

The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health, along with the Louisiana National Guard, will host a drive-thru, Johnson & Johnson Community Vaccination Event tomorrow, Friday, April 9th.  The event will take place at the St. Tammany Parish Fair Grounds in Covington from 9a.m. – 5p.m., by appointment only.  You may schedule your appointment by calling (985) 543-4880 or by filling out your form here.

My top priority is the health and safety of our community and that is why I am encouraging anyone who wishes to receive the vaccine to do so.  Community Vaccine events — such as the one tomorrow — are making vaccinations more readily available. Let us continue working 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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