Mid-South Coronavirus Updates and Resources
The coronavirus outbreak is likely to continue for some months throughout the US. The medical experts and highly trained staff at Baptist are ready to meet the challenge here at home to help ensure the health and safety of our patients, employees and communities. If you have additional questions, please call our 24/7 Coronavirus Resource Center hotline at 866-941-4785.
If you are planning to visit someone at a Baptist Memorial Hospital, please read our revised Visitation Policy.
When to seek medical attention
If you or a loved one experience any of the following emergency warning signs associated with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately (not an all-inclusive list):
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to wake up
- Bluish lips or face
Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus
We can all do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in our communities. Baptist supports the recommendations from the President’s office on social distancing, hygiene and adhering to “shelter in place” and “stay at home” orders.
- Listen to and follow the directions of state and local governments.
- If you feel sick, stay at home.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire family at home.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from people.
- Work or engage in schooling from home.
- Avoid social gatherings.
- Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for dining.
- Avoid nonessential travel, shopping trips and social visits.
- Do not visit nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
And remember to practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
For more information on the coronavirus and what you can do to slow the spread, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
BEFORE you go to your doctor, isolate yourself:
- CALL YOUR DOCTOR FIRST to discuss your symptoms. If you need to go in, they will be prepared for you.
- If you don’t have a doctor, please call one of these numbers to be referred to a physician
- If you prefer, a minor med or urgent care center could possibly have more timely openings. Please call ahead so they will be prepared for you.
- If your symptoms are considered mild, staying at home is the safest option.
- If your symptoms are severe, call 911, or call your nearest emergency department before going there.
Watch and share our short video to learn more about stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Help Avoid Coronavirus with These Tips
For most people that catch COVID-19, the symptoms will be relatively mild and will include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk, but there are steps we can all take to help stop the spread. These tips include:
- Avoid handshakes
- Proper hand washing of at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Coughing into your elbow
- Avoid crowds and practice social distancing
- Stay home if you can by avoiding unnecessary trips
COVID-19 cases in our region
Click on the dots to see the number of confirmed and presumed positive COVID-19 cases in our region.
We're tracking all COVID-19 testing performed at all Baptist hospitals and clinics throughout our footprint. For a breakdown of the number of tests performed at each of our facilities, and positive and negative results, visit our COVID-19 Testing Stats page.
Baptist’s Coronavirus Response Plan
Baptist Hospital has in place the resources and expertise to address the coronavirus outbreak in our region. And we want to be your trusted source for information on coronavirus and COVID-19. View our Coronavirus Response Plan to see how we’ve prepared for this event, and what we are doing to serve and protect our communities.
Health Care Provider Resources
Useful information and resources for physicians and advanced practice providers in the Baptist community, including regular updates by Baptist leadership, office resources, and links to national and international health organizations.
Visit Baptist's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) YouTube page to watch interviews with our medical experts.
- New loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills (rigors)
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
Symptoms usually start 2-9 days after exposure. If you experience any of these symptoms, please isolate yourself and get tested.
- Don’t expose others if you have flu-like symptoms.
- Cover your cough with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands, or cough or sneeze into your upper arm.
- Wash your hands frequently and properly.
- Don't touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Avoid people who have flu-like symptoms.
- Reassess travel plans based on CDC recommendations.
- Alabama: 38,442
- Arkansas: 21,197
- Georgia: 84,237
- Kentucky: 15,842
- Louisiana: 60,178
- Mississippi: 27,900
- Missouri: 21,927
- Tennessee: 45,297
Baptist COVID-19 Testing Results
For detailed information on and a breakdown of our COVID-19 testing and results, visit our COVID-19 Testing Stats page.