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United Way of South Mississippi’s COVID-19 Response and Local Resources
United Way of South Mississippi is positioned with staff expertise, volunteers and a network of agency partners to help with a response during these trying times. For help or information, call United Way of South Mississippi at (228) 896-2213 or call Mississippi 211 for information on local resources.
United Way of South Mississippi Community Crisis Fund
United Way of South Mississippi is accepting donations to support the COVID-19 response in Harrison, Hancock, Stone and Pearl River counties. The United Way of South Mississippi Community Crisis Fund helps increase access to food, serve basic needs for struggling families and provide emergency response. Give to the fund to serve the immediate needs of the communities impacted by COVID-19. To donate, simply click here. Thank you for caring.
COVID-19 Testing Sites in South Mississippi
- Gulfport Memorial Hospital (Gulfport): 228-867-5000
- Memorial Physician Walk-In Clinics (Biloxi): 228-575-2680
- Memorial Primary Care Cedar Lake (Biloxi): 228-867-5000
- Memorial Physician Walk-In Clinics, Walmart (Biloxi): 228-867-5000
- Memorial Long Beach Walk-In Clinic (Long Beach): 228-867-5000
- Singing River Health System Clinics (Woolmarket): 228-809-5044
- Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic (Bay St. Louis): 228-867-5000
- Memorial Hancock Family Practice (Diamondhead): 228-867-5000
- Memorial Stone County Medical Center (Wiggins): 228-867-5000
The facilities require that you have the following symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested: a fever of 100.4 or greater AND severe cough or chest pain. Those that would like to be tested for COVID-19 are asked to call the facility before going in for possible testing.
- Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: 228-867-5000
- Singing River Health System Coronavirus Hotline: 228-809-5044
- MS Dept. of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453
To find resources along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Disability Connection has an interactive resource guide full of resources in the area. The resource guide can be found here.
For food assistance, Feeding the Gulf Coast has a database that allows a user to enter their location and find food pantries in the area. This database can be found here.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infections by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette, for example, coughing into a flexed elbow. (Source: World Health Organization)
- To prevent infection and to slow the transmission of COVID-19, do the following (Source: World Health Organization):
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least six feet distance between you and people coughing or sneezing (Source: John Hopkins Medicine).
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death (Source: World Health Organization).
Common symptoms include:
- Dry cough
Other symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat