COVID-19 Helpful Links & Resources
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. For your convenience, we have compiled the following list of helpful links. For additional resources, please call 2-1-1 or visit the United Way’s website.
Don’t see a resource? Send an email to [email protected].
COVID-19 Tracking & News
Track COVID-19 coronavirus cases with active, recoveries and death rates. The following websites include maps, daily news, and video.
COVID-19 Map: Johns Hopkins Resource Center
COVID-19 Symptom Checker: Emory University
Updates by State Department of Health:
Georgia Family Connection Partnership: Updates & Resources
Georgia Hospital Resource Report: Resource Saturation and Bed Status issues
WRBL NEWS 3: Coronavirus Coverage
WTVM News Leader: Coronavirus Coverage
Ledger-Enquirer: Coronavirus Live Updates
MercyMed of Columbus: (706) 507-9209 and select option 1 to leave a message for the COVID scheduling team. (Note: Drive-up COVID-19 rapid testing is available by appointment only at its 2nd Avenue location.)
For other COVID-19 testing resources, contact your local health department.
Columbus Health Department: (706) 321-6300
Russell County Health Department: (334) 297-0251
Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Food Banks
If your family is in need of food, check out the following websites for a list of food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, and more. The locations are faith-based, government, and non-profit.
United Way 2-1-1: http://www.211uwcv.org/
Student Meal Pick-ups by School District: https://www.gpb.org/
Local Grocery Stores & Drug Stores with No-Contact Services
Publix: Reserved shopping hours are no longer available or customers who are 65 and older. However, grocery delivery and curbside pickup are available at select locations. See the Publix website for details.
Sam’s Club: Special shopping hours and concierge services are available for seniors and at-risk members every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 am at all locations. Members can park in a designated parking location and place their orders from their car. A Sam’s Club associate will grab the items on the list, and the member will use Scan & Go to check out.
The Fresh Market: Each weekday, the first shopping hour of 8 AM – 9 AM is reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk. See the Fresh Market website for curbside pickup and delivery options at your location.
Walmart: Walmart offers no-contact services, including curbside pickup & delivery, touch-free payment, and drive-thru pharmacy service. Special curb-side pick-up times are available for at-risk shoppers from 7-8 am daily. Use the Walmart website or app to place your orders.
Tips for Parents
The coronavirus pandemic has upended family life as we know it. School closures, working remote, social distancing — it’s a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents. Here are some helpful tips and links to get you through it.
Tips for Families: Download
World Health Organization (WHO): Parenting in the time of COVID-19
American Academy of Pediatrics: Positive Parenting & COVID-19
Ledger-Enquirer: How to talk to kids about Coronavirus without scaring them
Local Counseling Centers
As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases, so does the associated anxiety. No doubt, there have been many changes to how you live your life. Taking care of yourself is more important now, than ever. If you have concerns or if you experience worsening of mental health symptoms, contact the following local agencies for help.
2022 15th Ave. | Columbus, GA 31909 | 706-649-6500
2325 Brookstone Centre Parkway | Columbus, GA 31904 | 706-653-6841
5700 Veterans Parkway | Columbus, Georgia 31904 | 706-252-3294
Other Counseling Services: TalkSpace.com
Educational Resources for Students
Tens of millions of parents are homeschooling their kids during the coronavirus. It is a massive experiment awash in ideas and resources. Here are a few educational resources to help you.
eSchool+ Initiative Tracker: Johns Hopkins University tracker
COVID-19 Updates by School District:
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries: COVID-19 Resources for Students
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts: RiverCenter Teaching Artists
Coca-Cola Space Science Center: Meteor Moments
Free Internet Access
Need access to high-speed internet? The Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides a list of free WiFi hotspots across the state. When visiting these locations, please stay in your vehicle or otherwise follow Governor Kemp’s directions to keep a distance of at least 6 feet away from your fellow Georgians.
Free GA Wifi Hotspots: broadband.georgia.gov
Affordable Internet Services: InternetEssentials.com
Note: Every internet provider that has signed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge has also opened up their Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use.
DIY Cloth Face Coverings
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Here are several patterns you can make at home.
Good Housekeeping: How to make medical face masks
Piedmont Columbus Regional: COVID Cloth Facemask
Hotlines for Help
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the United States who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline
Reach trained advocates 24/7 to get the help and support you deserve. There are no fees and no judgments. Just help.
Alabama Domestic Violence Hotline
Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Are you looking for safe, affordable housing? Check out these links.
Georgia: Department of Community Affairs