Friday, August 6, 2021
As I am sure all of you have seen, there have been countless posts distracting from the efforts of St. Tammany Parish Government to mitigate COVID-19. Through misinterpretation of the Executive Order that I signed on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, these posts have redirected the focus of our plea to MASK UP.
While the purpose of the Executive Order provides for an indoor mask mandate, the third paragraph on the last page details Parish government’s abilities to assist citizens in an emergency situation as provided for in state law.
Thursday evening, social media posts contained false information, which was a clear misunderstanding of that statute.
All of the fear-mongering is deflecting from the most important, real issue St. Tammany Parish is dealing with currently – the steepest surge of COVID-19 in the past 18 months.
The critical care units at our hospitals are at capacity. Our doctors, nurses and medical personnel are spread thin. Emergency medical service providers are short-staffed and over-worked.
As we all know, COVID-19 does not discriminate when it chooses its next victim.
I am a man, who passionately cares about my community, but I am not a medical professional. I adhere to the advice of our medical advisors when making decisions for our Parish as a whole.
Click this link to view a message that I sent to the citizens of St. Tammany earlier today.
Michael B. Cooper