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St. Tammany Health System Weekly Update for Neighbors

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From the St. Tammany Parish Health System 08/24/2020

Today at St. Tammany Health System, 19 patients are in COVID care with census of 155, and 294 COVID cases discharged since the pandemic began. Please continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID in our community by washing your hands, wearing a mask, staying six feet away from others and isolating yourself when you don’t feel well.

As we continue to care for our community for all patient needs, we are also watching the two tropical weather systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Please rest assured, your community health system is ready to care for you and your family regardless of the weather. Both emergency departments, the main hospital, all our clinics, diagnostic centers and programs are open as usual today and will continue to monitor weather conditions as the week progresses.

If you have an appointment or procedure later this week and have concerns about weather impeding your plans, please discuss your concerns with your physician’s office or connect with us at 985-898-4001 or 985-871-5665. You may prefer a video visit or a later scheduled procedure or appointment, as appropriate.

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Non Profit Spotlight

Non-Profit Spotlight: Girls on the Run South Louisiana

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Girls on the Run South Louisiana is an independent council of Girls on the Run International and is proud to have served more than 10,600 girls in the Acadiana, Greater Baton Rouge and St. Tammany regions since 2009.

Girls on the Run International designs programming that strengthens third- to eighth-grade girls’ social, emotional, physical, and behavioral skills to successfully navigate life experiences. Each year, more than 200,000 girls ages eight to 13 participate in 210+ communities in 50 states and Washington DC. More than 2 million girls have participated in the program since it launched in 1996. The curriculum reaches girls at a critical stage, strengthening their confidence at a time when society begins to tell them they can’t. Underscoring the important connection between physical and emotional health, the program addresses the whole girl when she needs it the most. Results show GOTRI programs inspire and empower girls to build healthy physical and mental habits that last long beyond the program. According to a longitudinal study conducted by The University of Minnesota, 97% of Girls on the Run participants said they learn critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others or making intentional decisions; and 94% of parents reported it was a valuable experience for their girl.

Recently, Girls on the Run South Louisiana unveiled the Power Up Activity Kit to help keep girls active and healthy through the summer while inspiring creativity, encouraging movement, and teaching new skills.

“Providing girls with opportunities to develop empathy, build resiliency, and identify and understand their values, choices, and emotions, are important now more than ever before,” said Carley Fuller, executive director of Girls on the Run South Louisiana “It is never too early for girls to learn how to put these important skills into practice. This kit will help girls move, laugh and grow, and in the process find their inner girl power.”

The at-home kit includes 50 activities to fuel girls’ mind, body and spirit that emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health. Each activity helps girls learn important skills such as how to cope when things get difficult, demonstrate care for self and others, and practice positivity.

From the silly starters to the fun movement games and challenges, the activities were designed to get girls to laugh, create, and grow.

Available starting June 17 at the kit is $49 and includes: The Power Up Activity Book, an exclusive GRL PWR t-shirt, Physical Activity Training Plan, Completion Certificate, and a few other fun surprises, delivered directly to her doorstep.

To learn more about Girls on the Run South Louisiana, visit

Non Profit Spotlight

Tri-Parish Works Announces Program Aimed to Help At-Risk Youth

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Tri-Parish Works is the public workforce development entity and is overseen by the First Planning District Workforce Development Board (WDB).

The Youth Career Development (YCD) Program is for young adults ages 16 to 24, low income and/or have life challenges such as; pregnant or single parenting, lacking a high school diploma, in Foster Care or aged-out, unstable home, previously arrested, or have been diagnosed with a disability.

If they live in St Tammany, St Bernard or Plaquemines Parishes, and are ready to make a change to their future, Tri-Parish Works can help get them back on track. The YCD program will prepare them for the workforce where they will earn a paycheck while learning important life skills. Tri-Parish Works offers on-line training, career coaching and even helps them attain their High School Diploma. They also learn study skills, link to mentors, critical financial knowledge and résumé and interview prep. With the Learn While you Earn Program, Tri-Parish Works has funding for training, incentive programs and bonuses.

Go to and hit the “START NOW” button to learn more.

Local News

COVID-19 Testing Coming to Northshore Parishes

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Baton Rouge, La – Residents of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes will have more local options for COVID-19 testing. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health and local parish governments, Louisiana National Guard will be operating mobile testing sites will make it more convenient for Northshore residents to get a test.

Mobile testing uses trucks and equipment operated by the Louisiana National Guard to bring testing kits to neighborhood locations such as schools, churches, retail stores, parks and other local neighborhood locations.

Dr. Gina Lagarde, the Office of Public Health regional medical director for the five-parish region, said, “This partnership greatly increases testing opportunity for residents, especially in the rural and unincorporated areas of these parishes.”

“Several hospitals and other community testing sites in our region have offered COVID-19 tests that have helped us to understand the prevalence of the coronavirus in our region,” Dr. Lagarde said. “We are now working to increase the number of test sites, to bring the sites closer to where people live, shop and visit during a typical day, and serve those communities that have may have been under served or could not access a central test site.”

Starting Tuesday, May 26, the mobile testing units and Louisiana National Guard testing personnel will visit different sites in St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes. Testing will last for four weeks, through June 19, 2020.

Testing Dates and Sites

Monday 6/1/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Community Center 3101 East Causeway Approach

Tuesday 6/2/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Community Center 3101 East Causeway Approach

Wednesday 6/3/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Church of the Kings 22205 Little Creek Road

Thursday 6/4/2020
Mandeville St. Tammany
Premier Center (Tentative) LA 190 and North Causeway Blvd.

Friday 6/5/2020
LaCombe St. Tammany
Recreation District #461100 N. 12th St.

Monday 6/8/2020
Madisonville St. Tammany
Ball Park 1007 Pine St.

Tuesday 6/8/2020
Madisonville St. Tammany
Ball Park 1007 Pine St.

Wednesday 6/10/2020
Madisonville St. Tammany
Coquille Recreation Center (Tentative) 13505 LA 1085

Thursday 6/11/2020
Folsom St. Tammany
Fendlason Community Center 13296 LA 40

Friday 6/12/2020
Float St. Tammany

Monday 6/15/2020
Covington St. Tammany
Pinnacle Mall (Tentative) 7205 Pinnacle Parkway

Tuesday 6/16/2020
Covington St. Tammany
Planet Fitness (Tentative) 401 N. LA 190

Wednesday 6/17/2020
Covington St. Tammany
Fair Ground1301 N. Columbia St.

Thursday 6/18/2020
Abita Springs St. Tammany
Recreation Center 22517 LA 36

Friday 6/19/2020
Abita Springs St. Tammany
Recreation Center 22517 LA 36