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Harrison County and covid-19

COVID-19 Hotlines

  • Mississippi Department of Health 877-978-6453
  • Memorial Hospital 228-867-5000

Introduction

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors are working closely with Harrison County EMA in monitoring the latest information and data on COVID-19, which is commonly known as coronavirus. The information and data used by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors and Harrison County EMA is factual and accurate information from sources such as the CDC, Mississippi Department of Health, MEMA and Homeland Security. Public safety has been and will always be the top priority for the Harrison County Board of Supervisors.

Statement from the Harrison County Board of Supervisors

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has not voted on nor held any formal discussions with the five Coastal mayors nor their chiefs of police on the curfew suggested by local law enforcement today. There is no curfew. The document that is being circulated on social media is apparently a suggestion created and signed by area law enforcement officials prior to presenting to the cities or county officials.

The top priority for the Harrison County Board of Supervisors will always be public safety. The board is working closely with Emergency Management officials daily to stay informed of all developments concerning COVID-19 and strongly encourages the citizens of Harrison County to continue the social distancing protocols and strict sanitization guidelines set in place by the CDC and the Mississippi Department of Public Health in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

HARRISON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTS PANDEMIC PLAN

During a special called meeting Tuesday, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors had a second reading of and adopted the Harrison County Pandemic Response Plan.

PUBLIC REMINDER

The Board of Supervisors of Harrison County, Mississippi wishes to remind everyone that by Order of the Board the Harrison County Sand Beach is closed except to groups of ten (10) people or less in any one location and any group of 10 or less people who utilize the Sand Beach are encouraged to follow the social distancing recommendations of the CDC.

Any person or persons violating this Order made pursuant to Miss. Code. Ann. § 33-15-43 shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not exceeding six (6) months or both

Such is necessary in order to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Board hopes all will be mindful of the threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and visitors to Harrison County and follow the Board’s Order, and the guidelines for "community mitigation strategies" to limit the spread of COVID-19, including recommendations for social distancing, which has proven to be an effective method for containing COVID-19.

This the 27th day of March, 2020.

The Board of Supervisors of Harrison County, Mississippi

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors also approved the following:

  • Prohibited gatherings of 10 or more on the 26 miles of Harrison County Sand Beach

• Canceled the 2020 Harrison County Easter Egg Hunt

• Closed public-use facilities including the fairgrounds and some recreational facilities until further notice

Based on a recommendation by the Mississippi Department of Health, Harrison County Senior Centers will be closed until further notice. We will update with more information when it becomes available.

Harrison county online services available

• Justice Court Payments

Circuit Court Payments

Pay Personal Property Taxes

Pay Real Property Taxes

Pay Mobile Home Taxes

Renew Car Tags Online

covid-19 testing sites in Harrison County

From the Mississippi Department of Health

The Mississippi State Department of Health has released a list of statewide testing locations:

Requirements: These providers require that you have symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested: a fever of 100.4 or greater and severe cough or chest pain.

The Harrison County locations are:

  • Gulfport Memorial

228-867-5000

  • Memorial Long Beach Walk-In Long Beach

228-867-5000

  • Memorial Physician Clinics Walk-In Clinic, Wal Mart Lane

Biloxi

228-575-2680

  • Memorial Primary Care Cedar Lake

Biloxi

228-867-5000

  • Memorial Stone County Medical Center

Wiggins

228-867-5000

  • Singing River Health System Clinics

Woolmarket

228-809-5044

HOTLINE Numbers

  • CDC.GOV
  • coronavirus.gov/
  • fema.gov/coronavirus
  • Mississippi Department of Health 877-978-6453
  • Mississippi Child Abuse Hotline 800-222-8000
  • Mississippi Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 877-595-4217
  • Mississippi Mental Health Hotline 877-210-8513
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255 Text HELLO to 741741
  • National Disaster Distress Hotline 800-985-5990
  • SBA Disaster Assistance 800-659-2955 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
  • Mississippi Department of Employment Security 888-844-3577

Covid-19 Mississippi Tax Information

Click here for information on tax deadlines and extensions from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

PSA: Social distancing and people at high risk

PSA: Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy on the CDC guidelines for increased sanitizing efforts

COVID-19 and social distancing

Harrison County EMA distributes emergency medical supplies

Pat Sullivan talking about COVID 19

Deputy Chief Rusty Shoultz & PPE for COVID-19

Chase Edwards talks about the use of ICS 214 forms for Harrison County Fire Rescue

What is covid-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China

What to do if you are sick

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
  • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

If someone in your home is sick

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

• Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

• If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

• If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

• Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

• Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.

• Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

• Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

• Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

• Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.

• Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Handwashing tips

Avoid sharing personal household items

• Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.

• Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

• Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.

o If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

• Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.

• Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.

o Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

o Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found hereexternal icon.

Complete disinfection guidance

Monitor your symptoms

• Seek medical attention, but call first: Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).

o Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.

• Wear a facemask: If possible, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, try to keep a safe distance from other people (at least 6 feet away). This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.

• Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

• Trouble breathing

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• New confusion or inability to arouse

• Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

How to discontinue home isolation

• People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

o If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

o

 You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

 other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

 at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

o If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

 You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

 other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances.

COVID-19 in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health is answering questions you may have at the new COVID-19 hotline, 877-978-6453.

City of Biloxi's webpage on Coronavirus

Click here to access the City of Biloxi's webpage

Municipal Court cancels sessions for two weeks

Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session this week, however, the court itself remains open for those scheduled to make payments or perform court-appointed work. An administrative order issued by the court today continues all cases for at least two weeks, through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The order also notes that judges may make case-by-case exceptions and consider motions when reviewing or considering trials, after consulting with all parties or their counsel of record.

From The city of Gulfport

Gulfport is GOOD TO GO!

With the direction to limit gatherings to 10 people, or less, all restaurants are expected to shift to a delivery/take-out mode. The under-10 rule applies to staff and patron numbers, combined. With this challenge we are asking the public to patronize our restaurateurs by ordering out, and/or purchasing gift cards! For many, this can be the difference in whether or not they are able to stay in business, during this crisis.

FEED IT FORWARD

In the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina, there was a silent movement throughout our community that didn’t have a label, didn’t have any formal organization to it – it was simply something we all felt – thankfulness, gratitude and true human spirit. We saw the worst of Mother Nature, but the best of humanity. Neighbors checked on neighbors, strangers shared a meal and whatever we had was available to those who needed it the most, without any hesitation.

We find ourselves in a similar situation as the country collectively prepares to stop the spread of Covid-19. In preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best, this unprecedented crisis has everybody on alert. Knowing there are many who lack the daily necessities to sustain themselves in the weeks ahead, the need to check in on our most vulnerable is greater than ever. We know how to take care of each other, and have written chapter after chapter of survival and resiliency through the many challenges our community has faced. We will do so again. It all starts with each of us and our desire to “pay it forward,” so to speak – by making sure we take care of one another.

With this mindset, we ask you to take the “Feed It Forward” challenge! When cooking dinner for your family, make an extra plate for a neighbor or even a stranger who might not have the resources for a meal. Be sure to observe handwashing and social distancing protocols, and just imagine the impact you can have by simply Feeding it Forward.

D'Iberville Business Hours of Operation

  • Walmart- 6AM-11PM
  • Walmart Neighborhood- 6AM-11PM Daily
  • Target- 8AM-10PM Sun.-Thurs. and 8AM-11PM Friday and Sunday
  • Kohls- 11AM- 7PM Daily
  • Best Buy- 10AM- 6PM Daily
  • Academy Sports- 9 AM- 9 PM Daily
  • Dicks Sporting Goods- 10AM-8PM M-S, 10AM-6PM Sunday
  • Ulta- 10AM-6PM M-S, 11AM-6PM Sunday
  • Old Navy- 11AM-8PM Mon-Sat, 11AM -6PM Sunday
  • Ross- 9AM-8PM Sun- Thurs, 8:30 AM- 9PM Friday and Saturday
  • Bed Bath and Beyond- Mon-Sat 9AM-9:30PM, Sun- 10AM-7PM
  • 5 Below- 10Am-7PM Mon-Sat, 10AM-6PM Sunday
  • Petsmart- 9AM-9PM Mon-Sat, 10AM-7PM Sunday
  • Office Depot- 8AM-9PM Mon-Fri, 9AM-9PM Sat, 10AM-7PM Sun
  • Marshalls- 11AM-8PM starting 3/19/20

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City of Long Beach

City of Pass Christian

Harrison County School District

Harrison County Sheriff's Office

from cta

Information from Coastal MISSISSIPPI

Click here for links regarding closures and other information

Memorial hospital

To protect our staff, visitors and community and minimize the spread of illness, we are closing onsite operations to the public. Alternatives for requests or communication are as follows:

Health Information Management (Medical Records): Patients seeking access to medical records from any Memorial location can call the Release of Information Hotline 8-4:30p at (228) 865-3172. Records can be faxed or mailed.

Bill Pay: To make a payment, please contact our customer service hotline at 1-800-844-0735 or pay online via our MHG portal http://www.gulfportmemorial.com/online-bill-pay.

Customer Service: If you have a question for one of Memorial’s Financial Counselors, Customer Service Representatives and Medicaid Specialists please contact (800) 844-0735 from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Outpatient Pharmacy: To family members, retirees, and others who use Memorial Outpatient Pharmacy, but are not a badged employee, we have arranged a designated exterior pick-up.Contact (228) 865-3525 to arrange a pick-up and discuss payment. The East Tower designated pick-up location will be in the engineering parking lot at the foot of the ramp.If you enter through the 1st floor parking garage entrance, you will not be allowed to proceed due to limited access to the facility. Instead, you can proceed to the engineering parking lot for assistance. You then need to call the pharmacy to alert them of your arrival. Please have a picture identification ready.

Garden Park MEDICAL center and COVID-19

Click here for information from Garden Park Medical Center

Merit Health Biloxi and COVID-19

Click here for information from Merit Health Biloxi

Mississippi Department of Health RECOMMENDATIONS

Preventive measures against COVID-19 are the same as those for other respiratory viruses like the flu. To help prevent getting and spreading disease:

Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front. More proper handwashing tips »

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.

Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.

During or before flu season, get a flu shot. Flu vaccination can prevent the flu or make it less severe, and decrease your chance of hospitalization and death. It also keeps you healthier and better able to fight off infections.

If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, cough, fever or similar flu-like symptoms, call a doctor or healthcare provider.

Avoid gatherings of 250 people or more, especially if there is evidence of transmission in your county or adjacent counties . If you do attend, remember to practice the hygiene and distancing steps above.

To prevent illness in those most vulnerable, anyone 65 or older OR with a chronic medical condition should avoid any gathering of 250 people or more (corrected from 50 earlier).

Avoid unnecessary (non-urgent) air, bus or train travel.

Limit visitation to older relatives or friends (especially in nursing or care homes).

Prepare for the possibility that schools or day care centers may temporarily close.

15 days to slow the spread

Financial Information on CARES Act

For information on the CARES Act and financial assistance, click here.

Mississippi department of health recommendations for people at high risk

People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are older adults and those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. These people should take simple precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill:

Do not attend gatherings of more than 10 people.

Keep more space (6 feet if possible) between you and others as you go through the day.

Avoid crowds. When you do go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact.

Wash your hands often, especially after being in public places.

If COVID-19 begins to spread locally, you should stay home as much as possible. Having a supply of important medications and basic supplies can help.

What older adults need to know

What You Can Do to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy

Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

EPA-approved disinfectants

The EPA has released a list of disinfectants that meet the EPA criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus). Please click here for a complete list of the products.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

SÍNTOMAS DE LA ENFERMEDAD DE CORONAVIRUS

What to do if you Are sick

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Preparing for Covid-19

MEMA urges residents to prepare for Coronavirus, COVID-19, like they would prepare for any other disaster that Mississippi encounters. We encourage Mississippians to keep a disaster supply kit ready at all times throughout the year. The CDC says washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the best defenses.

Here are MEMA’s recommendations when building your supply kit for COVID-19:

• Non-perishable food for at least three days.

• Bleach.

• Hand sanitizer with alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol.

• Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day).

• First Aid Kit with prescription medications.

• Plastic dishes/eating utensils.

• Baby supplies (food, diapers, medication).

• Pet supplies (food, leash & carrier, vaccination records).

• Sanitary supplies.

• Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, cleanser, bleach, towelettes, toilet paper, trash bags, feminine hygiene products.

• Copies of important documents.

• Fever medication.

• Driver license, SS card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.

COVID-19 is a virus that is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

CDC Recommendations for employers

To see the latest recommendations from the CDC regarding employers, please click here.

Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Manage anxiety and stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include

• Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19

• Children and teens

• People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

• People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call

• 911

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include

• Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones

• Changes in sleep or eating patterns

• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

• Worsening of chronic health problems

• Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.