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St. Tammany Parish says implementing COVID-19 restrictions not off the table – WDSU New Orleans

St. Tammany Parish leaders held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to address the spread of COVID-19 in the parish. In attendance were Parish President Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Charles Preston, St. Tammany School Superintendent Frank Jabbia and representatives from parish hospitals. This comes as health leaders grow more concerned about the spread of the delta variant. St. Tammany currently has a percent positivity rate of 9%. President Cooper said that although the news of the spread of the virus in the parish is concerning, the parish will not be implementing any coronavirus restrictions at this time. Cooper urged people to take precautions and to not do anything that would make the progress the parish has achieved go backward. According to Cooper, new coronavirus restrictions are not off the table if coronavirus cases continue to surge. Preston urged people to not be fooled by vaccine misinformation. He said there are dangerous videos and websites that look convincing, but that the vaccine is safe and effective. According to Preston, unvaccinated people, including children 12 and under, are the most at-risk population. “The way to protect our children is for our adults to be responsible,” Preston said. Dr. Michael Hill from St. Tammany Health System said they’re seeing double the hospitalizations in the local health system in the last couple of weeks, mainly in young people. “The vaccine being quickly given out to those who are not vaccinated will help us stop the fourth surge from happening,” Hill said. Jabbia provided the following COVID-19 guidance for schools: “The district’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 school year are located on the district website at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus. The STPPS Safe Health and Safety guidelines are fluid and will be determined throughout the school year by national, state, and local guidance and mandates. At this time, masks will not be required for students and employees, but masks are highly encouraged for those who are unvaccinated. Due to federal mandate, any student or employee on a school bus will be required to wear a mask while on the bus. Families are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to school and work. The school system will continue to use appropriate cleaning measures, encourage hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, and social distance to the greatest extent possible. The school system will continue to follow CDC guidelines for contact tracing and quarantining.”

St. Tammany Parish leaders held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to address the spread of COVID-19 in the parish.

In attendance were Parish President Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Charles Preston, St. Tammany School Superintendent Frank Jabbia and representatives from parish hospitals.

This comes as health leaders grow more concerned about the spread of the delta variant. St. Tammany currently has a percent positivity rate of 9%.

President Cooper said that although the news of the spread of the virus in the parish is concerning, the parish will not be implementing any coronavirus restrictions at this time.

Cooper urged people to take precautions and to not do anything that would make the progress the parish has achieved go backward.

According to Cooper, new coronavirus restrictions are not off the table if coronavirus cases continue to surge. Preston urged people to not be fooled by vaccine misinformation.

He said there are dangerous videos and websites that look convincing, but that the vaccine is safe and effective.

According to Preston, unvaccinated people, including children 12 and under, are the most at-risk population.

“The way to protect our children is for our adults to be responsible,” Preston said.

Dr. Michael Hill from St. Tammany Health System said they’re seeing double the hospitalizations in the local health system in the last couple of weeks, mainly in young people.

“The vaccine being quickly given out to those who are not vaccinated will help us stop the fourth surge from happening,” Hill said.

Jabbia provided the following COVID-19 guidance for schools:

“The district’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 school year are located on the district website at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus. The STPPS Safe Health and Safety guidelines are fluid and will be determined throughout the school year by national, state, and local guidance and mandates. At this time, masks will not be required for students and employees, but masks are highly encouraged for those who are unvaccinated. Due to federal mandate, any student or employee on a school bus will be required to wear a mask while on the bus. Families are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to school and work. The school system will continue to use appropriate cleaning measures, encourage hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, and social distance to the greatest extent possible. The school system will continue to follow CDC guidelines for contact tracing and quarantining.”

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