Call our COVID-19 hotline for the most up-to-date information about the virus and to schedule a testing appointment.
COVID-19 Testing is available at a number of our clinics in Biloxi, Diamondhead, Gautier, Gulfport, Long Beach, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, and Wiggins.
COVID-19 symptoms vary from person to person, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, please isolate from others and contact Memorial to schedule a testing appointment as quickly as possible:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
COVID-19 Risk Factors
Being at high risk for severe COVID-19 is more common than you think. In fact, nearly 200 million American adults have at least one risk factor that places them at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. For people who are at high risk, symptoms that begin mild can quickly become severe. Unfortunately, many don’t consider themselves at high risk or don’t think serious illness or hospitalization could happen to them.
Having diabetes, being aged 50+, or having chronic lung conditions like asthma are just some high-risk factors that can lead to severe illness, and even hospitalization, from a COVID-19 infection. Other risk factors, like being a former smoker, having depression, or being overweight, may surprise you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having one or more of the following factors puts you at high risk of getting severe COVID-19:
- Age 50 years or older
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic lung disease (including moderate-to-severe asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [including emphysema and chronic bronchitis], interstitial lung disease, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Dementia or other neurological conditions
- Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
- Disabilities (including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], cerebral palsy, birth defects, intellectual and developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, spinal cord injuries, Down syndrome)
- Heart conditions
- HIV infection
- Immunocompromised condition or weakened immune system
- Mental health conditions (mood disorders including depression; schizophrenia spectrum disorders)
- Overweight or having obesity
- Physical inactivity
- Pregnant or recently pregnant (for at least 42 days following end of pregnancy)
- Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
- Smoking, current or former
- Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
- Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
- Substance use disorders (such as alcohol, opioid, or cocaine use disorder)
In addition to certain medical conditions, some people are at increased risk of getting very sick or dying from COVID-19 because of where they live or work, or because they can’t get healthcare. This includes many people from racial and ethnic minority groups, and people with disabilities.
The list above does not include all possible conditions that may put you at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you have questions about a condition not included on this list, talk to your healthcare provider.
Visit the CDC website for the latest information and the full list of high-risk factors.