Friday, June 11, 2021
It has been six weeks since the Governor’s decision to lift the statewide mask mandate, leaving masking policies up to local governments. As you know, we opted out of the mask mandate and no longer require masks, with the exception of those places and agencies remaining under the Governor’s Order.
I am pleased to report -- our percent positivity rates have remained around 2%. Our vaccination rates are still among the highest in the state, although we have seen a reduction in the amount of vaccines we are dosing at each event. I believe it is important to get the word out about vaccination events and the availability of vaccines in order to keep our percent positivity rates low. Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies.
Hurricane season is upon us and we are continuously monitoring activity in the Gulf of Mexico. As you know, we can never be too prepared for extreme weather. Our desire for preparedness is why we choose to keep our citizens informed about the vaccines. Should we have a situation where storm shelters are activated and our citizens are kept in close proximity to one another, vaccinations could be a factor in mitigating a spike in COVID cases.
Our community has been diligent with their efforts to fight against the spread of COVID-19 and because of their hard work, we have been able to balance the health of our economy with the health our community. We will continue that balance going forward, in working with the citizens of St. Tammany to be as healthy as possible.
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