These resources are meant to aide those affected by COVID-19. This is in no way an exhaustive list, and is not meant to be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice, or the guidance of the CDC, your local governments and health departments, the state government, or the federal government. This page is constantly being updated. If you know of a resource to add, please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reducing Stigma Surrounding COVID-19
Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma (1) toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.
Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:
Persons of Asian descent
People who have traveled
Emergency responders or healthcare professionals
Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people.
Stigmatized groups may be subjected to:
Social avoidance or rejection
Denials of healthcare, education, housing or employment
Stigma affects the emotional or mental health (2) of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. Stopping stigma is important to making communities and community members resilient (3). See resources on mental health and coping during COVID-19.
Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community.
It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.
Communicators and public health officials can help counter stigma during the COVID-19 response.
Maintain privacy and confidentiality of those seeking healthcare and those who may be part of any contact investigation.
Quickly communicate the risk or lack of risk from associations with products, people, and places.
Raise awareness about COVID-19 without increasing fear.
Share accurate information about how the virus spreads.
Speak out against negative behaviors, including negative statements on social media about groups of people, or exclusion of people who pose no risk from regular activities.
Be cautious about the images that are shared. Make sure they do not reinforce stereotypes.
Engage with stigmatized groups in person and through media channels including news media and social media.
Thank healthcare workers and responders. People who have traveled to areas where the COVID-19 outbreak is happening to help have performed a valuable service to everyone by helping make sure this disease does not spread further.
Share the need for social support for people who have returned from China or are worried about friends or relatives in the affected region.
Stigma occurs when people associate a risk with a specific people, place, or thing – like a minority population group – and there is no evidence that the risk is greater in that group than in the general population. Stigmatization is especially common in disease outbreaks. (https://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/cerccorner/article_123016.asp)
Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well being in which a person realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-strengthening-our-responseexternal icon).
Resilience is the ability to withstand and recover from stress. (https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2017/08/predicting-community-resilience-and-recovery-after-a-disaster/)
People Engaged in Recovery is leading online support group meetings, 7 days a week, from 12pm-8pm. It is open for anyone to drop in as they please.
Door to Serenity is offering resources for addicts and recovering addicts online through nightly Zoom meetings at 8pm, as well as other support as needed. Reach out to Lisa Teggert at Lisa@doortoserenity.org or on her cell at 251-610-3389
Mental health Support
SAMHSA National Helpline
The National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
When domestic violence survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity with their abuser, it can create situations where their safety is compromised. For any victims and survivors who need support or need to alter their safety plan, the Hotline is available 24/7. You can also text LOVEIS to 22522.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
Tips for managing stress and anxiety about COVID-19
Financial Support for Displaced Employees
USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Another Round, Another Rally
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
C.O.R.E. Support for Children of Restaurant Employees
Tip a Local Server/Bartender (Serviceindustry.tips)
Small Business Support
Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance
Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Local Assistance from The U.S. Small Business Administration
covid-19: What we KNow
The Alabama Department of Public Health has set up a hotline for people who are concerned about whether they need to be tested and where testing is available. That number is 1-888-264-2256.
All hospital names below open that hospital's page on COVID-19
From Infirmary Health:
Infirmary Health will host appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites March 23, 24 and 25.
If symptomatic, Mobile and Baldwin County residents can call 251-341-CV19 (2819) to speak with a registered nurse.
The appointment booking hotline will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. from March 22 – March 27. This hotline is staffed by Infirmary Health personnel.
1. Mobile or Baldwin County residents only. Must have valid ID and be over the age of 18.
2. If the patient meets the CDC criteria to be tested, they will receive an appointment location and time.
3. The test will be administered in the car. REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE.
4. A clinician will assess symptoms and administer test if needed.
5. Once swabbed, the patient will receive clear next steps from the medical provider.
Appointment only clinics will be held
Monday, March 23
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*Limited appointments available
No USA Health facility has been designated as an official testing location for Mobile County. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate.
Springhill Medical Center continues to enhance policies to keep our patients and our employees safe throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The National Task Force, as well as the Alabama governor, have mandated a no visitor policy for hospitals immediately. The only exceptions are: (1) The Birthing Suites where one visitor is allowed; (2) and end-of-life situations. We have implemented this policy to protect our community and our patients and employees. Thank you for your cooperation. Entrances have been restricted. Springhill Medical Center will administer testing to only those Emergency Department patients who meet criteria as dictated by the Center for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Our message to anyone wishing to help in some way is to please consider a donation of whole blood or platelets by visiting the LifeSouth blood donation office located on Hillcrest Road in the coming weeks.
Ascension is working to keep our community healthy during this time and prevent the spread of infection while also offering options for easier access to care.
If you have a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms, please call (833) 978-0649 prior to visiting one of our Ascension facilities, so you can be screened by a nursing professional.
For ongoing COVID-19 updates, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.
Ascension Online Care is also offering video urgent care visits at a discounted rate of $20, so you can talk to a doctor from home. No insurance required. Use the code HOME at Ascension Online Care
Ascension is implementing temporary visitor restrictions, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, to minimize the spread of viral respiratory infections including COVID-19. Please contact your site of care for instructions.
Internet For Students
Taken From AL.com
-Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
-Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
-Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.
-For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, which is a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
-Charter will open its WiFi hotspots across its Alabama service area for public use.
-Beam will partner with school districts to ensure the capability to learn remotely.
-Beam will partner with housing authority officials to accommodate their tenants with Internet service.
-Beam will offer free 50 Mbps Internet services for 30 days for new customers with households including K-12 and/or college students who do not have current service. Call for details to sign up. Installation fees for these services will be waived for new customers meeting the above criteria. A valid school ID or proof of K-12 children in household is required.
-Xfinity WiFi hotspots will also be free. For a map, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
-Comcast is pausing data plans for 60 days giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
-Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s Internet or access late fees if they contact the company and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period.
-New customers will get 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month. Additionally, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. There is no additional fee and it becomes the new base speed going forward.