St. Tammany Parish Government Implements Operational Changes Amid COVID-19
Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President announced the following updates regarding COVID-19:
“Our number one priority is the safety, health and welfare of our citizens,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “Parish Government is currently activated at our Emergency Operations level while continuing to maintain essential services at this time. Things may change depending on the severity of the situation, and as new information is obtained.”
• State of Emergency declaration made Friday, March 13, 2020.
•Parish Government Employees are being screened to assess any risk factors that may preclude them from coming into work. Reduced work force was implemented, Friday, March 13, 2020.
•The Permits Department is asking residents to handle permit transactions online.
• Tammany Utilities is accepting payments through a drop box. There will be no disconnections for non-payment until further notice.
•The Department of Animal Services has limited adoption and take-in hours to between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteers are asked to refrain from coming in to Animal Services until further notice.
• They are asking animal Fosters to call and make an appointment for vaccines or supply needs.
•Animal Control Officers will respond to emergency calls only.
•The Kids Konnection Playground on Koop Drive is closed.
•Parish buildings are being sanitized multiple times each day.
•STAR Transit will reduce rides to accommodate only essential transports; work or essential medical appointments. STAR Transit will not transport residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
• St. Tammany Parish Public Schools announced beginning Wednesday, March 18, schools will offer “Grab and Go” hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on weekdays at their eight high schools.
•The Governor has announced the ban of gatherings of more than 50 people. He has also closed casinos, bars and movie theaters and limited restaurants to delivery, take-out and drive through only.
•The changes take effect at midnight and may be lifted April 13.
•We are going to comply with the Governor’s orders, and in addition, we are going to close skating rinks, bowling alleys and adhere to the other closures in St. Tammany.
Updates are continually released at www.stpgov.org and on Social Media. We want to slow the spread of the virus by prevention. We are asking all citizens to continue to monitor local information about COVID-19 in our community. Adhere to current CDC recommendations. Help Prevent the Spread. Be a part of the community response.
Cover your cough, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick. Citizens looking for information about COVID-19 can dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available. For updates on the state’s response to the coronavirus situation, visit LDH.louisiana.gov/Coronavirus.
Additional resources are also available from the CDC at www.coronavirus.gov.