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‘Deck the Rails’ Free Children’s Event at the Covington Trailhead Saturday

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The City of Covington presents this free, kid-friendly holiday event at the Covington Trailhead this Saturday, December 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Featuring Christmas Caroling by the Northlake Performing Arts Society (NPAS) chorale, Christmas craft activities, a visit from Santa Claus and individually wrapped holiday treats. All activities are free and open to the public.

Participants are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing in accordance with the Governors mandate at this time. The trailhead will also have hand sanitizing stations throughout. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy all that Covington has to offer! www.covla.com

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COVID Update – Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

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“When you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please continue to wear masks, physically distance, avoid large gatherings — especially gatherings with people you have not been in contact with recently. If you are out in the community wear a mask — especially when inside local businesses and restaurants. As I have said in the past, there are several ways to support our local restaurants and small businesses. Shopping with them is one and helping them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when you are inside their establishments is another.

“I continue to work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy, and I ask each and every citizen to continue to work with me to achieve this balance. By protecting ourselves and one other, we can all contribute to our recovery. Please take personal responsibility as we enter into the holidays. Have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.”

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Increase in COVID Cases Seen Locally and Nationally – St. Tammany Health System

COVID UPDATE FOR NEIGHBORS from St. Tammany Parish Health System—11/16/2020

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All local residents should renew awareness and focus on containing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Today at St. Tammany Health System, 17 patients are in COVID care, an increase from 9 one week ago today. Our inpatient census is 131, and we have discharged 492 patients from COVID care since the pandemic began.

The nation surpassed 10 million cases last week and hit 11 million this week. Our local community is experiencing a spike as well with 8,931 cases to date in St. Tammany Parish according to Louisiana Department of Health. Halloween is believed to have sparked a significant increase in community spread, and Thanksgiving is seen as a potential next wave of exposure.

All residents are reminded as we head into winter, people spend more time indoors, increasing the risk of exposure to colds, flu and viruses, including COVID-19. STHS recommends everyone wear a mask, follow proper handwashing and cough etiquette and maintain your distance from others, particularly when you don’t feel well. It’s also important to protect yourself from the flu with a flu shot, which you can access through STHS Express Care and all STPN primary care clinics.

As part of our commitment to help you take excellent care of yourself, St. Tammany Health System has launched Health Check 365, including a special event at STHS Cordes Pavilion, 16300 Hwy 1085, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. For a single fee, participants receive a spectrum of health screenings including biometrics, carotid artery, sleep apnea, body composition plus screens for lung, skin, head and neck cancer. Appointments are necessary by calling 985-871-5932.

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Half Shell Oyster House Helps Those Impacted by Hurricane Laura

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Half Shell Oyster House, Southern Pearl Oyster House, and Rack House Steaks and Spirits, are Collecting Donations for those in Lake Charles, LA.  

WHO: Half Shell Oyster House Lafayette’s General Manager, Aimee Pugh has partnered with Lafayette Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Avanti Senior Living to distribute cleaning supplies, dry goods, and meals to the Lake Charles Area Fire Departments. Half Shell Oyster House locations across the Southeast Gulf Coast are donation drop-off points for those wishing to help. The company’s distribution company, Coast Foods, will pick up donations throughout the week and transport them to the Half Shell Oyster House in Lafayette, LA.

WHAT: All Gulf Coast Restaurant Group restaurants are collecting donations for the following items: trash bags, rakes, shovels, work gloves, bleach, toiletries, first aid items, cleaning supplies, disinfectant, towels, sponges, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and masks, toilet paper, buckets, batteries. No donations of clothing or perishable items will be accepted.

Half Shell Oyster House in Covington

WHERE:  Covington dropoff location 70367 HWY 21, Ste. 100, Covington, LA 70433. For a full list of locations for drop please visit www.halfshelloysterhouse.com.

WHEN: Collection begins Thursday, Sept. 10. Donations will be dropped off at the Half Shell Oyster House Lafayette every Monday and Thursday.

WHY: To provide community support to those impacted by Hurricane Laura in the Lake Charles, LA area.

About Half Shell Oyster House

The Half Shell Oyster House was conceptualized in 2008 by company president Bob Taylor, and was later polished off with partners Rob Heffner, Kevin Fish and Brian Raspberry. The first location opened in the historic Kremer building in downtown Gulfport, Miss. Since then the company has blossomed into 13 locations across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Half Shell Oyster House has grown into a locally owned and operated, vertically integrated company, Gulf Coast Restaurant Group (GCRG).

Half Shell Oyster House in Covington

About Gulf Coast Restaurant Group

Gulf Coast Restaurant Group is the parent company of Half Shell Oyster House, Rack House Steaks & Spirits, Southern Pearl Oyster House, Deer Island Oyster Company and Coast Foods. Our award-winning locations offer an unmistakable distinction of Southern cuisine infused with a New Orleans flair. The phenomenal dining experience at all of our locations is relaxed yet classy, and well suited for a multitude of occasions. 

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Covington Announces Antiques and Uniques Festival Sept 5 & 6, 2020

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The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation invites you to join them for the Covington Antiques & Uniques Festival September 5th & 6th, 2020. The annual festival usually held in spring is a wonderful time for locals and visitors alike.

The two-day free festival is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Covington Trailhead. Featuring shops and vendors with antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, live auction, an appraisal fair, food, live music and more. This year will also incorporate the St. Tammany Art Association’s Covington Art Market!

A schedule of events will be announced on the website www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com as the event nears. For more information, contact the Covington Heritage Foundation at info@covingtonheritagefoundation.com.

The Festival will be following the 6 ft physical distancing and face mask mandate as required by our Governor at the time of the event.