Please listen to the facts. There are many rumors that only add to people being fearful and anxious. We are doing our best to provide the most up-to-date, factual information.
To ensure timely communication with our patients and the community, regular updates, as listed below, will be provided on ForrestHealth.org/COVID19. We are in constant communication with local and state officials, monitoring CDC and state guidelines as available.
This site, www.forresthealth.org/covid19, is available in Spanish. The translation can be activated by clicking the button on the top right of the page on desktop computers. On mobile devices, the button relocates to the bottom right of the screen. Computers and mobile devices already defaulted to Spanish will now see the page in Spanish.
garantizar una comunicación oportuna con nuestros pacientes y la comunidad, se
proporcionarán actualizaciones periódicas, como se enumeran a continuación, en
ForrestHealth.org/COVID19. Estamos en constante comunicación con los
funcionarios locales y estatales, monitoreando los CDC y las pautas estatales
según estén disponibles.
Esta página se actualizará a medida que la nueva sobre información COVID- 19 esté disponible.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline
Forrest General has created a Hot Line telephone number for anyone calling into the hospital with general questions regarding COVID-19 or other general questions related to visitors, symptoms, supplies, etc. The Hot Line is staffed with nurses from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., 7 days a week. The Hot Line number is 601-288-1111.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
What is Novel Coronavirus?
According to the CDC a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
What are the Symptoms?
The CDC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website list the following symptoms. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
The CDC recommends calling your doctor if you develop symptoms or have been in close proximity to someone diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19) or Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Who is most at risk for becoming infected.
According to the CDC older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. CDC information for high-risk populations, including who is at risk and how to prepare is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
What should I do if I have some of the common symptoms of COVID-19?
If anybody has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath they should visit their healthcare provider and be evaluated. However, before visiting to a physician’s office, an immediate care facility, or the emergency room call ahead and alert the medical facility. This allows medical personnel to prepare prior to arrival.
Testing is being conducted through the health department and is not yet available in hospitals and clinics.
What are some tips to decrease your chances of getting COVID-19?
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
What are some tips to protect others from being infected?
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect
For additional information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Should I cancel my travel plans?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updates and additional information on their COVID-19 Resource Page, including topics such as: how it spreads; symptoms; prevention and treatment; testing; and additional FAQs