Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Mid-South Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Baptist continues to be a leader in providing resources and information to help you stay healthy and make the best decisions for you and your family during this unprecedented time. COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing are available in many Baptist hospitals and select clinics and community sites throughout the area.
COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment are available for eligible individuals at many Baptist locations and community sites throughout West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and North and Central Mississippi. Schedule your vaccination appointment at the facility nearest you.
COVID-19 Vaccination Education and Distribution
Baptist is working closely with local officials to make the COVID-19 vaccines available to eligible individuals, including those in our underserved communities. We are working hard to promote the safety and importance of getting the vaccine for stronger and healthier communities. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccines, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page. You may also schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online and find the location nearest you or you may also call our Coronavirus Resource Center phone line at 866-941-4785 for more information.
We have gathered materials from a number of sources to provide a convenient place for you to find expert information about Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19. The best things you can do to protect yourself from the disease are to remain calm and follow these precautions:
- 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.
- Practice Social Distancing – stay away from large crowds and maintaining distance (3 feet from health people, 6 feet from sick people) from others when possible.
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and are at greater risk of developing serious illness, you may qualify for monoclonal antibody therapy, an infusion treatment that has proven to be very effective in reducing the severity of illness in patients. Baptist was the first health care system in our region to administer monoclonal antibody treatments in patients at the earliest stage of infection with great success. Learn more about this life-saving therapy.
Gatherings and Celebrations
Although more and more people are getting the vaccine, the CDC continues to recommend that large gatherings be avoided, particularly those in which physical (social) distancing cannot be maintained between people who live in different households, such as sporting events, concerts, festivals, conferences, parades, or weddings. Visit the CDC website for more guidance on how to keep safe.
However, if you are fully vaccinated you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. You can also gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website for additional guidance on what you can and should not do after getting fully vaccinated.
Going Back to School Safely
This school year is unlike anything we have ever experienced. If you chose in-person learning for your child this year, it’s a good idea to ensure you and your child follow these tips to help ensure a safe and healthy school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Detailed answers about Coronavirus and COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and your family.
If You've Been Exposed
Exposure to COVID-19 does not result in immediate symptoms. Learn what to do if you think you have been exposed.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
If you had your test performed at a Baptist Hospital or Baptist Medical Group clinic, a representative from Baptist will contact you to advise you of next steps. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family
Baptist's COVID-19 Testing Statistics
Baptist is committed to keeping informed, with accuracy and transparency, on the progress of COVID-19 testing in all the communities we serve. 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 the Baptist facility nearest you, along with the number of positive and negative results, visit our COVID-19 Testing Stats page.
Baptist’s Coronavirus Response Plan
Baptist has 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 pandemic, and what we are doing to serve and protect our communities.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. We can all do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in our communities.
- Listen to and follow the directions of state and local governments.
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings and around people not in your household.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Practice social distancing; keep about 6 feet between yourself and others, and avoid social gatherings.
- 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 and not vaccinated, stay home and away from other people.
- If you have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from people.
- Work from home, if possible.
- Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for dining.
- Avoid nonessential travel if you're not vaccinated, shopping trips and social visits.
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn to get one.
And always practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- 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.