Ochsner kicked off the holiday season this year by donating 600 “windowed” masks to the St. Bernard Public Schools. The clear vinyl window in the center of each cloth mask follows all CDC guidelines but removes one of the traditional drawbacks with mask wearing. The new masks allow those in the classroom to see the lips and facial expressions of the user - important components in the educational process, especially for younger students, special education students and those learning English as a second language.
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic the “Christmas Extravaganza” Relay for Life event held last weekend was a huge success. Santa Claus took photos with children all day and many local vendors participated. Organizers said they are going to make this a yearly thing going forward. It raised a good bit of money for Relay for Life of St. Bernard and many new things are in the works coming up in 2021.
St. Bernard Parish Hospital, managed by Ochsner Health, began vaccinating its frontline healthcare workers against COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Vaccinations are voluntary and in this first phase as outlined by the state and the CDC, only those employees with direct COVID-19 exposure are eligible. The vaccines are by Pfizer, and will require a second dose 21 days following the first shot for full protection.
Three fifth grade girls in Arabi recently earned Girl Scouts’ third highest award, the Bronze Award, for making and distributing face masks in their community to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc. in conjunction with St. Bernard Parish administration observed the 79th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7. The memorial service was held for the first time at its new location, Pearl Harbor Park, W. Judge Perez Dr. in Arabi. Parish President Guy McInnis, State Representative Ray Garofalo, Councilwoman Wanda Alcon, Assessor Jaylynn Bergeron Turner, and other representatives from parish government, veterans organizations, and the Chalmette High School ROTC and choir were on hand for the first ceremony at the new site. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc. members that participated were Jared Kattengell, Edward W. Jones Jr., Angela Lumenti Sanchez, Debra Jones Barry, Elsa Lumenti and Dorothy T. Kattengell.