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