Parish President Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper wanted to talk about his efforts to reach out to the business community during this time. We also spoke about what coming out of the pandemic will look like. Hear what he had to say in the interview below.

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Dept of Health Numbers Jump

The Louisiana Department of Health said they were working out a testing results backlog and the numbers really jumped as results came in yesterday, with 9,150 positive results against 6,424 reported cases just a day before. 37 more people died in that 24-hour period, bringing the total to 310. 1,639 COVID patients are in hospitals,…

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Deputies Enforcing Stay At Home Over Weekend

Sheriff Randy Smith wants to thank every person who is adhering to the Governor’s Stay at Home order. He also said they are aware of people in large groups who continue to congregate on our scenic waterways and are not adhering to the order. The sheriff says they have beefed up patrols on local waterways,…

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Shortage on First Day of Weekly Grab and Go

STPPS schools said they were aware of a shortage of the weekly option of the “Grab and Go” meals Wednesday, saying it was the first day this was offered, and the demand was much greater than anticipated. On the first day of weekly distribution they distributed 6,002 weekly boxes and a total of 11,108 hot…

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Edwards Officially Extends Closures

As expected, Governor John Bel Edwards ordered an extension to school closures in the state of Louisiana. As a result, all STPPS schools and support facilities will remain closed until at least April 30. The extension of his stay at home order mirrors guidelines issued by President Trump. The closures will continue to affect all…

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Stilley Recovering from COVID-19

Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley announced yesterday that she is recovering after being diagnosed with what doctors consider a “mild case” of COVID-19. Stilley sent an email to employees letting them know that she has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and that she has been able to manage her symptoms at home. She…

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Washington Parish Curfew

The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office says that in times of a public emergency, Louisiana Statute empowers the chief law enforcement officer of any parish to establish a curfew and Randy Seal has done just that. Citing Governor Edwards Emergency Proclamation, Seal says a curfew is in effect for all of Washington Parish between the hours…

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State’s Numbers Jump Again

The Louisiana Department of Health says as of yesterday we had 6,424 reported cases against 5,237 a day before. 34 more people died in that 24-hour period, bringing the total to 273. 1,498 COVID patients are in hospitals, 490 of them require ventilators. Orleans Parish has 2,270 cases against 1,834 cases reported the day before.…

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Chevron Donations

Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit has committed $350,000, in total, to Bayou Community Foundation, Northshore Community Foundation, Northshore Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank to supply resources to local families and individuals in need. Chevron has committed $100,000 to the Northshore Community Foundation. This includes assistance with rent, utilities and everyday essentials. Additionally,…

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State Loan Program

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the crisis. The loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates. The Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, or…

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Electrical Fire at Armstrong International

Officials say sprinklers at Armstrong International Airport extinguished a fire in an electrical room last night. The airport has been largely empty with coronavirus drastically reducing flights and passengers. A spokeswoman says the fire suppression system worked properly and triggered sprinklers when the fire broke out on the third floor of the new terminal. No…

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Dept of Health Numbers Jump

The Louisiana Department of Health says as of yesterday we had 5,237 reported cases. That’s up from 4,025 cases reported the day before. 239 people have now died from the Coronavirus, up from 185 just a day before. 1,355 COVID patients are in hospitals, 438 of them require ventilators. Orleans Parish has 1,834 cases reported…

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Edwards Says State Must Do Better

Yesterday Governor John Bel Edwards said the sharp rise in coronavirus cases and deaths since the beginning of the week shows Louisianans need to do a better job at staying home. The governor said he has yet to see any evidence that we are beginning to flatten the curve. He added that the order’s going…

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Corps Considering Opening Bonnet Carre

Rising water on the Mississippi has the Army Corps of Engineers considering opening the Bonnet Carre spillway. It would be a record third consecutive year if that happens. The Corps will make its decision by Friday. Current forecasts call for the river to rise to a level of 17.3 feet at the Carrollton gauge by…

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Louisiana National Guard Responding to Crisis

The Louisiana National Guard is responding to the coronavirus crisis statewide, with the largest number of soldiers concentrated in metro New Orleans. Their disaster relief and response missions have about 1,200 soldiers doing anything from preparing meals, distributing personal protective equipment, securing space for emergency shelters and even swabbing people with coronavirus symptoms at drive-thru…

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