ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper tested negative for the coronavirus after self-quarantining for a week with mild flu-like symptoms, parish officials said.
Cooper received the results of his COVID-19 test Saturday.
“I want to thank everyone for their well-wishes while I was in quarantine. I am feeling much better and I am certainly looking forward to resuming my work routine and public activities,” Cooper said in a statement. “I feel strongly that quarantining — and following St. Tammany Parish Government COVID-19 protocol —was the responsible thing to do, and I appreciate the assistance of my staff while I worked from home during this period.”
He plans to return to his office at Koop Drive next week, according to the parish statement.
Cooper on Friday wrote to Gov. John Bel Edwards asking him to consider a regional approach to reopening businesses rather than a blanket statewide plan.
In the letter, Cooper asked that parish leaders be allowed to determine when it is safe to move into Phase 3.
Edwards is expected to make a decision about moving the state into Phase 3 sometime next week.