Letters to Leaders


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Good morning,

This past Monday I gathered our Parish medical professionals to inform our community on the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the rise of the Delta variant and hospitalizations.

Without a doubt, this fourth surge of COVID-19 is the most dangerous and prolific we have endured.  Within two weeks, one St. Tammany Parish hospital reported an increase from 66 to 115 hospitalizations. Hospital beds are dwindling rapidly and staff are exhausted.

Now more than ever, we are asking our citizens to keep their guards up regarding COVID-19. As our doctors shared on Monday, taking all mitigation precautions to slow the spread of this highly transmissible virus is strongly recommended. Please consult with your medical professional to see if vaccination is a viable decision for you and your family.

Our schools, businesses, and churches are open. It is my most sincere intention to keep it that way, but the efforts to do so will require all of us together.

While we continue the fight against COVID-19, St. Tammany Parish Government remains open and is diligently working to improve our Parish.  On the latest edition of my monthly show, Open Mike, I spoke about one of the many creative ways we are addressing current and future needs in upgrading water quality in St. Tammany Parish. Our Parish Landscape Architect, Spaff Goodnow, provided insight into pond maintenance, which has a multitude of benefits.

While water hyacinth may seem like an ordinary plant, it has taken over some of our ponds, especially the Turtle Creek pond in the Slidell area and the Del Sol pond in the Covington area.  By removing the water hyacinth from the pond, we were able to improve drainage and eliminate mosquito hot beds.

These are just a few of the ways we are working to improve our natural water ecosystem and infrastructure.  If you wish to hear more about how we are improving the water system in your community, you may view this month’s edition of Open Mike here.

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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