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St. Tammany Parish President Prevails Upon Citizens to Continue to Practice COVID-19 Prevention

St. Tammany Parish President Prevails Upon Citizens to Continue to Practice COVID-19 Prevention

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking citizens to continue to exercise best mitigation practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that St. Tammany can continue to move forward.

“I am urging people to continue to wear masks in public, physically distance, and avoid large gatherings to prevent an increase in positive cases and to bring our percent positive case numbers down. We are in Phase 3 — our children are back in school, businesses are opening up at greater capacity, and we are starting to see things slowly return to a sense of normalcy, however, our percent positivity rate remains above 5%, which means our bars cannot yet open under the Governor’s criteria,” Cooper said. “I am asking citizens to help us bring this number down by doing the things medical professionals advise to slow the spread. It’s our goal to continue to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

St. Tammany Parish Government employees have returned to Parish Government offices in Phase 3, and Parish Government, like many establishments, can operate at 75% of total occupancy. Cooper said provisions are in place to accommodate employees who are most vulnerable, or who may have a medical condition that will necessitate continued remote working. St. Tammany Parish Government staff continues to meet with the public by appointment, and everyone must complete a screening process and wear a mask in order to enter Parish Government buildings.

Currently, Governor Edwards’ Phase 3 proclamation which you may review here, contains the criteria for bars to reopen. St. Tammany Parish does not yet meet these criteria. The Louisiana Department of Health updates the Percent Positivity of Tests by Parish numbers every Wednesday. These numbers can be found at ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus.

President Cooper aligned his declaration with that of Governor John Bel Edwards, addressing identified establishments opening at 75% of total occupancy, a continued mask mandate and physical distancing requirements. The entire proclamation containing Phase 3 guidelines may be viewed here. All COVID-19 information can be found at www.stpgov.org/covid19.

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Executive Order Amending Phase 3of the Recovery Plan September 21, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase 3 of the Recovery Plan September 14, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020

Executive Order Requiring Masks or Facial Coverings in Public Spaces

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Two of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order and Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan May 15, 2020

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Link to Press Conference May 12, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay at Home Order issued April 30, 2020

St. Tammany Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan (DRAFT)

St. Tammany Parish Extended Stay at Home Order issued April 7, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Executive Stay at Home Order issued March 23, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 17, 2020

Emergency Declaration issued March 13, 2020

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CDC

Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Department of Health

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St. Tammany Parish Government Monitors Tropical Depression Beta — Activates Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish Government Monitors Tropical Depression Beta — Activates Sandbag Locations

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper and the St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) are closely monitoring Tropical Depression Beta, expected to move over Louisiana later this week. St. Tammany Parish is currently under a Coastal Flood Warning. According to forecasters, Tropical Depression Beta is slow-moving and the prolonged persistent onshore flow of tidal water will continue to produce above normal tides and coastal flooding.

“As we continue to see the onshore tidal flow, we ask citizens who live in low-lying areas to stay tuned to the weather forecast and to prepare for a prolonged event with periods of rainfall. We ask all citizens to please adhere to roadway signage and to refrain from unnecessarily driving through neighborhoods with water in the streets to prevent the movement of this water into homes,” Cooper said. “We are prepared and we ask residents in these impacted areas to stay vigilant. We ask everyone to drive with consideration for others in these impacted areas.”

Self-serve sandbag locations will open today, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 and Thursday, September 24, 2020, as required. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location during the hours of 7 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m.  at the following locations:

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building - 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34783 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La -The Old Levee District Site

61134 N Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.-St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn -63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn - Keller Barn- 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn - 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website — www.stpgov.org/storm , and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Citizens can also sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

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Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the 2020 Census

Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the 2020 Census

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wants all St. Tammany residents to be counted in the 2020 Census. He reminds citizens there is still time to respond, and that our responses impact the future of St. Tammany.

“Census data, collected every ten years, helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to hospitals, fire departments, and schools. It determines how resources are allocated for roads, and other resources in each community—including ours,” Cooper said. “The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and your political representation at all levels off government. Please respond if you haven’t already. You still have time. Let’s make the Census count for St. Tammany.”

St. Tammany’s current response rate is 69%, second in the State to St. Charles Parish with a response rate of 69.7 %. Anyone wishing to respond  may visit: my2020census.gov. According to my2020census.gov , the questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Field data collection and online response opportunities will end September 30, 2020, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Census Bureau in early August, 2020.

New Leadership Brings New Vision at The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services

During the first month of her tenure at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, Beth Brewster has implemented change, laid out her vision, and built upon initiatives that were already in place when she assumed her role.

“Beth is a natural fit for our shelter. She has a deep appreciation for our dedicated employees, she is hands-on, and she brings a fresh perspective to this department,” St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper said. “From increased play and exercise for animals, to changes in hours of operations, to continued partnerships with credible rescue groups and animal welfare non-profits, Beth has created a palpable atmosphere of renewed energy and positivity.”

“We could not have achieved these results without a great team of employees, Dr. Sandy Robbins’ dedication to our animals, and the help of our tremendous partners Wings of Rescue, Big Sky Ranch, and Denise Gutnisky of Mardi Paws,” Brewster said. “I am looking forward to what is yet to come.”

72 adoptions were finalized during the month-long, fee-waived, “Adopt and Donate,” 2020 Clear the Shelters event in August. Shelter partner Mardi Paws lent a paw to this event by giving away a free backpack of Summer Lovin’ swag to everyone who adopted a cat or dog from the shelter during the event. In addition, over 200 animals have been transported through the Wings of Rescue flights in 2020.

As the shelter population decreases through adoptions, fosters, and transports, Brewster has begun the implementation of an enrichment program designed to increase play, socialize dogs in groups as well as individually, increase walking of dogs on leashes, and implement positive reinforcement training methods with treats. Additional pens are currently under construction to provide added exercise resources.  The shelter has purchased toys for the kittens, added scratching posts to the adoption room, and purchased feral cat dens for the isolation room. 

Future initiatives set to launch include:  broadening the volunteer base; expanding the foundation of credible, compassionate rescue programs already in place; purchasing new beds for all shelter animals; educating and more greatly utilizing fosters; and the acquisition of new caging for the isolation room to increase prevention of the transfer of disease.

As part of the continued partnership with Mardi Paws, the Let the Fur Fly fundraising initiative was recently announced and is underway. This effort is a partnership with Wings of Rescue and sponsors, and thus far has secured $25,000 in funding for a late - September flight for the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, and other high-intake shelters in neighboring parishes out of Top Gun Aviation at the Hammond Regional Airport. Their goal is to fund a second flight during the month of October, as well as secure funding for the purchase of much-needed items for the shelter. Anyone wishing to become a sponsor, or donate may view the link here.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wishes to thank Mardi Paws non-profits for their continued partnership and support, Wings of Rescue, and the top Fur Fly sponsors: Tito’s Handmade Vodka for Dog People, Baldwin Subaru, and The Meraux Foundation; as well as all of the sponsors who helped to fund the upcoming Wings of Rescue transport flight. See the entire list of sponsors here.

President Cooper also wishes to thank St. Tammany Parish citizens for their continued support of the Animal Shelter through fostering, volunteering, and adopting to continue to reduce the shelter population. 

Animal Services is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Learn more at www.stpgov.org/pets. To purchase a bed for donation to the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Mandeville Underway this Week

Ochsner Health Systems Community COVID-19 Testing in Mandeville Underway this Week

Ochsner Health System is offering Community COVID-19 testing this week from Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Mandeville Community Center located at 3090 E Causeway Approach in Mandeville. Testing is available from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. COVID-19 testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older.

Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.


For more information about Ochsner’s community testing resources, please visit www.ochsner.org/testing.

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 15, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 15, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government remains prepared.

 “While we seem to be out of the heaviest impact area, this storm remains slow-moving and meandering at a slow pace, so we ask residents to continue to watch forecasts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center,” Cooper said. “We continue to monitor the situation and will update any changes should they occur. I want to thank citizens for their vigilant preparation.”

September 15, 2020 Emergency Operations Updates:

  • The St. Tammany Parish Crisis Action Team remains activated at the EOC.
  • Storm updates including road information will continue to be updated at www.stpgov.org/storm .
  • The Department of Public works continues to place high water signage and assist with removal of roadway obstructions as needed.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government offices will re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • The following facilities are expected to re-open Wednesday, September 16, 2020 unless there are area that need cleanup. Any closures will be posted:

 

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge re-open to marine traffic as needed.

  • STAR TRANSIT will resume services Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
  • Garbage pickup and recycling will resume normal schedules beginning Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Residents should check their waste hauling provider websites for specifics.
  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will resume operations Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

 

View all storm updates www.stpgov.org/storm

September 14, 2020 Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

September 14, 2020 Update

View Emergency Declaration here .

September 13, 2020 Update

Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.

September 12, 2020 Update

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

 

 

 

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – September 14, 2020

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper is asking residents to continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Sally through the National Weather Service and local media, and to be assured that St. Tammany Parish Government is prepared.

“St. Tammany Parish Government has met with first responders who have high water vehicles prepositioned; power companies, who have crews on stand-by; our own Public Works and Tammany Utilities crews who have been in touch with debris monitoring contractors who are on stand-by; and local officials, and we are ready to respond once Hurricane Sally has passed through the area.” Cooper went on to say, “We want citizens to stay tuned to local media for the forecasts, and monitor our STPG-TV Television station and our storm page at www.stpgov.org for continuous updates. Please remain off the roadways as the storm approaches and moves through our area. Stay safe and God Bless.”

 

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View all storm updates www.stpgov.org/storm

September 14, 2020 Update

View Emergency Declaration here .

September 13, 2020 Update

Watch the September 13, 2020 Press Conference here.

September 12, 2020 Update

St. Tammany Parish Government in Preparedness Posture

 

 

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 14, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to urge residents to prepare for Hurricane Sally today, before the storm makes landfall.

Updates: September 14, 2020

  • St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper has communicated with officials at the State level in advance of Hurricane Sally’s expected landfall.
  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
  • The Towers Building in Slidell will close at noon today.
  • The St. Tammany Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has met with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Fire Districts who are on stand-by and ready to respond.
  • There will be no garbage pickup or recycling in St. Tammany, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Citizens are asked to not put any garbage on the curb until the storm has passed.

 

  • St. Tammany Parish engineers are closely monitoring river gauges.
  • The Department of Inspections and Enforcement has asked contractors with active job sites to ensure their job sites are contained.
  • The Department of Public Works distributed a total of 24, 650 sandbags through self-service and assisted distribution on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations, today, Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open until 6 p.m. today or until weather no longer permits. We will update if locations close earlier than 6 p.m.

 

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building  21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La

The Old Levee District Site 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington

-The following facilities are closed and will remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

The Tammany Trace

The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461

Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville

Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458

Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.

 

 

-STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

 

-Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

 

  • The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.

 

-Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.

 

-Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Update – September 13, 2020

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper urged residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Sally today and early tomorrow, before the storm makes landfall as what is predicted to be a category one hurricane. Today he signed an Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm.

“I am asking every resident to prepare for a slow-moving storm and potential storm surge and heavy rain that could increase the inland movement of water,” Cooper said. “We are asking people who live in low-lying areas to assess their ability to ride out the storm, and if you feel it’s necessary, move to higher ground.”

Additional updates are as follows:

  • The St. Tammany Emergency Operations Center will partially activate Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 a.m.
     
  • All non-essential Parish Government offices will close at noon on Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Essential employees are to report as assigned.
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  • St. Tammany Parish Government has opened six self-service sandbag locations as follows:  Sunday, September 13, 2020, and Monday, September 14, 2020. All locations will have sand and bags provided. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels in case all shovels provided are in use. In addition, residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags to 15 per vehicle. There will be someone on-hand to assist the elderly and/or disabled at each location.  The locations will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2020.

  • St. Tammany Parish Government- Building
  • 21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn
  • 34583 Grantham College Rd, Slidell, La
  • The Old Levee District Site
  • 61134 Military Road (Hwy 190) Slidell, La.
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn
  • 63119 Highway 1090 in Pearl River
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn
  • 63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe
  • St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Covington Barn
  • 1305 N. Florida Street, Covington
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The following facilities will close at noon Monday, September 14, 2020 and remain closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020:

  • The Tammany Trace
  • The St. Tammany Fishing Pier located at 54001 E Howze Beach Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
  • Kids Konnection Playground located at 21410 Koop Dr, Mandeville
  • Northshore Beach located at 267 Debbie Dr, Slidell, LA 70458
  • Bayou Lacombe Bridge. No Marine traffic.


- STAR TRANSIT will run Monday, September 14, 2020, and will not run Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

- Public Works and Tammany Utilities personnel remain on call, if needed, out of an abundance of caution.

  • - The 22nd Judicial Courts will follow the schedule of St. Tammany Parish Government unless weather warrants otherwise.
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  • -Citizens can call 985-809-2300 for storm updates, or visit www.stpgov.org/storm for information.
     
  • -Continuous updates will be posted at www.stpgov.org, on STPG-TV; Channel 710 Spectrum; Channel 99 AT &T U-Verse, as well as on Social Media.

 

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecasts in the coming days through your local media outlets. Prepare your enhanced plan to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

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Bayou Lacombe Drawbridge Operational

The Bayou Lacombe drawbridge on the Tammany Trace is again operational, and open to marine traffic. Crews made the repair the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020. Parish Government thanks citizens for their patience.

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