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President Cooper, Parish Medical Leaders Offer Update on Covid-19 in St. Tammany

At a press conference Monday, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper provided the latest information regarding COVID-19, especially the sharp rise in hospitalizations.

“What COVID-19 is doing to our community has created a grim reality,” said Cooper. “This is without a doubt, the most dangerous phase of COVID that we have endured. Hospital beds are filling by the hour. Nurses, doctors and medical professionals are working longer hours with more stressful situations. I am urging our citizens to please take the virus seriously.”

On Monday, August 9, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Health reported a three-day, weekend total of 792 new COVID-19 cases, which topped last weekend’s total of 738.

“Undoubtedly, one of the most concerning figures of this phase of the virus, is the rapid rate of hospitalizations. We simply cannot keep up with the pace.” Within two weeks, one St. Tammany Parish hospital reported an increase from 66 to 115 hospitalizations.

Almost all recent hospitalizations from COVID-19 were not vaccinated.

“If you don’t trust my opinion about the vaccine, ask your own doctor,” said St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston. “And if you don’t trust him or her, why is he or she your doctor?”

As of Wednesday, August 4, 2021, St. Tammany Parish is under an indoors mask mandate for anyone over five years old. Cooper said further limitations are not off the table, if the health of the community continues to decrease.

The press conference Wednesday was attended by St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston; Dr. Michael Hill, VP of Infection Prevention and Quality, St. Tammany Health System; Dr. Timothy Riddell, Regional Medical Director, Ochsner Northshore; Dr. Jacques Guillot, Chief Medical Officer, Lakeview Regional Medical Center; Holly Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer, Slidell Memorial Hospital; Dwain Meche, Acadien Ambulance and 22nd Judicial District Court District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

The conference can be viewed by clicking here.

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