Wednesday, August 18, 2021
We can officially say that more St. Tammany Parish citizens are vaccinated for COVID-19, than not. Currently 51% of our neighbors have received their first dose, while 42.6% are fully vaccinated. Vaccinations have risen substantially in the past several weeks from 43.6% (first dose), from when I held the initial press conference addressing the 4th surge of COVID-19.
As more St. Tammany Parish residents make the decision to receive the vaccine, it is critical that we continue to maintain social distance and mask up when in public. Our main goal right now is to relieve the immense amount of pressure that rests on the shoulders of our hospitals and medical staff. It is my sincerest intentions to keep St. Tammany Parish open for business, but it will require the efforts of us all together.
St. Tammany Parish Government has made great strides to improve infrastructure, procedures and continue operations since March 2020.
Recently, we began upgrading Soult Street in Mandeville. The $2.6 million renovations include a mill and asphalt overlay of Soult Street, turn lanes at U.S. 190 & LA 1088, and other turning lane and radius improvements. The project is expected to be complete in Spring 2022.
Furthermore, Public Works crews recently completed erosion repairs on the levee near Oak Harbor Boulevard and U.S. 11 in Slidell. In addition to providing fresh dirt, the crews fertilized and hydro-seeded the area, which has proven to be beneficial in stopping erosion.
Parish employees completed approximately 5700’ of lateral ditch clearing behind the Tuscany subdivision, near I-12/I-59 interchange. I anticipate the cleaning will greatly improve drainage for the neighbors of Tuscany.
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.
Michael B. Cooper