Coronavirus COVID-19

Resources and Updates

Program Updates

​MCH Early Head Start: Centers are closed until April 17. Teachers will be in contact with all families about MCH EHS providing food and educational activities for enrolled children.

MCH Women in Construction: In light of growing concerns regarding COVID-19, Women in Construction is postponing all information sessions and recruitment events. Please follow our Facebook page for updates. 

Local Resources and Information

We will be updating this page with local resources for families facing uncertainty during this time. Please call to confirm opening hours as changes can occur frequently. Updated 3/25/20

 

 

  • The health department has a list of local medical providers who are making COVID-19 testing available statewide: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,21870,420.html

  • County health departments will remain open, but anyone with fever and a cough or difficulty breathing should not come inside and should instead call their primary healthcare provider for further instruction, the health department says.

  • Coastal Family Health Center: If you or someone you know is experiencing mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, or if you have recently been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, please call Coastal Family Health at 877-374-4991 to speak with one of their healthcare professionals before coming to one of their clinics. They may have a longer than normal hold time due to the high volume of calls. Patients may also send messages directly to their provider or nurse using the patient portal. More info here: https://coastalfamilyhealth.org/covid-19/ and https://www.facebook.com/CoastalFamilyHealth/

  • Singing River Health System in Jackson County is asking anyone who feels ill or is concerned they may have COVID-19 to call the SRHS Hotline at 228-809-5044 to be screened over the phone by a licensed medical provider before visiting any of SRHS facilities.

  • Memorial Hospital's Coronavirus Hotline is 228-867-5000 and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Check their website for a list of dedicated sites for those individuals exhibiting symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and fever.

  • Merit Health Biloxi Coronavirus information page: https://www.merithealthbiloxi.com/covid-19

 

Daytime Feeding Programs for Children:

  • Biloxi School District is providing free lunches to children 18 years and under Mon-Fri. Meals will be handed out in the car rider line and each meal will also contain breakfast for the next day. Pickup locations: Gorenflo Elementary, North Bay Elementary, Popp's Ferry Elementary. Pickup times: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/BiloxiPublicSchools/

  • Gulfport School District: Grab and Go Meals may be picked up outside the buildings in designated locations at Gulfport Central Middle School, Central Elementary School, Gulfport High School and Pass Road Elementary School, beginning at 8 am for breakfast and 12 noon for lunch on week days. Service will be FREE to all children 18 years of age and younger. Children must be present to receive a meal, per federal regulations. Buses will deliver throughout neighborhoods in the Gulfport School District much like the Salvation Army does after a hurricane. SO, watch for the yellow First Student buses! Check their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/gulfportschools/

  • Harrison County School District will be providing free, drive-thru Grab and Go meals. The meals will be available to ALL children ages 18 and younger. According to USDA guidelines, children must be present to receive a meal. They do not have to be a HCSD student, and no ID is required. The meals will be provided weekdays at the following school locations from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonCountySchoolsMS/

    • Crossroads Elementary

    • D'Iberville Middle School

    • Harrison Central Elementary

    • North Gulfport Middle School

    • Pineville Elementary

    • Three Rivers Elementary

    • Woolmarket Elementary

    • West Harrison High

    • West Wortham Elementary/Middle School

  • Hancock County School District is offering free grab-n-go lunches starting March 23. Lunches may be picked up at South Hancock Elementary and Hancock North Central Elementary  between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a meal and do not need to be a HCSD student. More information here: https://www.hancockschools.net/coronavirus-statement/

  • Jackson County School District will be serving drive thru GRAB AND GO meals until further notice.  ALL children 18 and under will eat FREE.  Children DO NOT have to be a JCSD student. No ID is required. Per Federal regulations, children must be present to claim their meal. Meals will be distributed from Monday-Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm via car rider and/or bus line at the following pick up sites: East Central Middle School, St. Martin High School and Vancleave Middle School. Meals will be sold to adults for $3.  In efforts to prevent the spread of germs, money will not exchange hands so exact change is required.  More information here: https://www.jcsd.ms/

  • Long Beach School District: Free meals to all children 18 years and younger will be provided via the drive thru on the west side of Quarles Elementary from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Adult lunch will be sold for $3 (exact amount required). Children must be present to receive the meals, as per federal regulations. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/longbeachschools.mississippi/

  • Moss Point School District will be offering meal pick-up and delivery. More information here: https://www.mpsdnow.org/

  • Pascagoula-Gautier School District is distributing free meals to all children 18 years and younger on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-1pm in six locations. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/PascagoulaSchools/

  • Pass Christian School District will be serving drive-thru grab & go meals. All children 18 and under eat free. Children do not have to be a PCPSD student to receive meals. No ID is required, but per federal regulations, children must be present to receive their meals. Meals will be distributed on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. via car rider line at DeLisle Elementary and gym parking lot at Pass Christian Elementary/Middle School. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/passpiratepride/

  • Pass Christian: Gone Fishing Ministries & The LAD Project are serving free meals to assists parents and children of the Pass Christian community. Meals are Mon-Wed-Fri from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church (322 Davis Avenue). While supplies last. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/gonefishingministries/

Food Pantries:

  • Feeding the Gulf Coast has a website listing local food pantries. Please call the local pantry to confirm hours: https://www.feedingthegulfcoast.org/find-help/find-a-pantry/results?address=39530&near=10

    • Feeding the Gulf Coast can be reached at (888) 704-FOOD if you need assistance or have questions, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

  • Twelve Baskets Food Bank can also connect Gulf Coast residents to the food pantry closest to you. Call them at 228-822-0836 between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Thursday for information.

Biloxi food resources:

  • Seashore Mission (856 Division Street, Biloxi) will be open on Monday, March 30, serving meals from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you need food pantry assistance, please ask for Rev. Elijah Mitchell, Sassy or Melvin.

  • Back Bay Mission: Individuals and families living in the 39530, 39531 and 39540 zip codes can visit the food pantry at Back Bay Mission (1012 Division Street, Biloxi) once a month. The pantry is open on Mon-Wed-Fri from 9-11:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. You do not need to sign up but you may want to call in advance (228-432-0301) to be sure the pantry is still open. You will need to bring social security cards for all that are in your household, and a photo ID and proof of residency that you live in the designated zip codes (either a utility bill or a signed and dated letter from your landlord.)

  • Cedar Lake Christian Assembly has a food pantry (clothes also available) on Monday from 9am-12pm. 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. (228) 392-6279

  • Pentecostals of the Gulf Coast has a food pantry Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They are located at 1907 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532.

Other resources and updates:

  • The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has created a resource page of Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Filing Unemployment in Mississippi due to COVID-19. This information will be updated as new details are provided. https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/covid19/.  To file an unemployment claim online, please visit https://bit.ly/2xhayoM. Follow MDES on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MDESMS/

  • The Mississippi Department of Human Services has a website with updates here: https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/covid-19-updates/

  • The distribution centers for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will remain open but will be limiting visits to two clients at a time inside the warehouse.

  • The Mississippi Division of Medicaid will expand its coverage of telehealth services throughout the state and is seeking federal approval for an 1135 Medicaid waiver to give the program a wider range of flexibilities during the emergency. If approved, the 1135 waiver would give DOM the discretion, when necessary and proper, to relax prior authorization requirements, eliminate Preadmission Screening and Annual Resident Review (PASRR) reviews at nursing homes, suspend revalidations for current providers, and expedite new provider enrollment. More details here: https://medicaid.ms.gov/coronavirus-updates/

  • Bethel Free Health Clinic is currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to patients who have already been seen in the clinic. They are not accepting new patients until further notice. If you only need refills, you may call the clinic at 228-594-3640 on Tuesday or Thursday between 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy has closed its lobby to the general public and clients and they will not be accepting new clients at this time. They will attempt to contact current clients on the phone to get the necessary information to provide a refill. Clients are also encouraged to contact them regarding their medication. If you have any questions, please call 228-374-9097.

  • For other specific needs at this time, please call United Way’s 2-1-1 phone information helpline. Also, check out their Facebook page - it has great information about local resources. 

  • A statewide map of libraries, private internet providers and extension office locations with free WiFi (map compiled by the Mississippi University for Women): Mississippi Parking Lot Wifi Access Map

  • Sparklight, formerly known as Cable One, is offering unlimited data on all internet services and waiving late fees for 30 days starting March 13. It is opening hot spots with wireless internet available to the public at these locations: 12261 Hwy 49, Suite 8 in Gulfport; 19201 Pineville Road in Long Beach; 5100 MacPhelah Road in Pascagoula.

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