St. Tammany Parish Leaders Hold Press Conference to Discuss COVID-19 Response
Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President was joined by leaders from agencies around St. Tammany, to discuss the Parish’s emergency response. Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in St. Tammany Parish, initiated a reduced work force, asked residents to adhere to the Governor’s declaration and to avoid large crowds. He has asked recreational districts to postpone scheduled activities for the next four weeks, and assured residents that Tammany Utilities, the Parish-owned utility company, will restore water service to any resident who has been shut off, and they will refrain from shutting water off for the coming weeks until this emergency is over. In addition, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Animal Services will limit the intake of stray animals and pet adoptions to the hours of 9am to 12pm daily.
“This is an unprecedented situation. Our primary concern is health, safety and welfare of our citizens business owners and visitors,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want our residents to be a part of the community response required to slow the spread of this virus.”
St. Tammany Parish Public School Superintendent Trey Folse addressed the Governor’s proclamation regarding school closures for the next four weeks, stressing the importance of taking the proper time to evaluate the situation, review the Governor’s proclamation, and work with BESE to make the best decisions for our St. Tammany community.
“It is really important to me that we find a way to feed students — many of them rely on our cafeteria meals, so we’re working on that,” Folse said. “We will need some additional guidance from the Department of Education on what distance learning will look like. We want to make the best decisions for everyone while at the same time being considerate of what a hardship this may be for many of our parents.”
Fire District #1 Chief Chris Kaufmann stressed the importance of residents being forthcoming with first responders with regards to any symptoms they may be experiencing when they call 9-1-1, so that first responders can dispatch the appropriate responding agency, and the appropriate number of responders, so that they limit their exposure to COVID-19, and are able to continue to serve the public.