Regional Administrator Jeff Toms recently shared his insights and experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic in the "Q&A with the RMDs" series on the LDH Blog.

"Personally, I am seeing a decline in both the wearing of masks and in practicing social distancing. It seems there was a drop in following these public health recommendations as restrictions were eased and people began to go out in public," Toms writes of northeast Louisiana.

Toms oversees Region 8, which includes the parishes of Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll.

Louisiana’s nine regional medical directors (RMDs) or administrators oversee the parish health units that serve the daily public health needs of their communities. These public health leaders are in constant contact with state health leadership and local leaders to help guide residents through the COVID-19 public health emergency, particularly among key demographics.