The City of Pascagoula is taking the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and is following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following information is to help protect the health and welfare of the general public. The City is encouraging everyone to voluntarily follow these guidelines and adhere to social distancing. The City of Pascagoula is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information to help keep visitors and residents in the know as our community joins with the rest of the state, nation, and world to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Please take a few minutes to hear from Mayor Steve Demetropoulos as he shares his thoughts on COVID-19.
04/01/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos Update
Mayor Steve Demetropoulos, a.k.a Dr. Steve, puts today’s COVID-19 numbers into perspective and shares his messages as mayor, doctor, and fellow citizen.
State numbers have tripled since March 24. One week ago, Mississippi had 377 cases and 6 deaths. Last night, those numbers were 1,073 cases and 22 deaths.
Jackson County’s numbers went from 13 cases with 0 deaths to today’s numbers: 73 cases and the first death of a Jackson Countian.
As a mayor: restrictions had to be put in place. There are notably more local cases from friends and family transmission than from the workplace.
As a doctor: each one of us must continually do three things-
1. Reduce person-to-person contact. STAY HOME! DO NOT HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OVER.
2. Stay 6 feet apart.
3. Wash your hands after touching surfaces, and do not touch your face.
As a citizen: we are all frustrated and anxious because there is so much disruption to our routines. We cannot, and will not, give up! We must maintain focus as we survive these challenges together.
03/30/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos Update
Mayor Demetropoulos gives us a COVID 101 review to remind us how the virus spreads (and doesn’t spread).
Lesson 1- The Coronavirus is spread through mucus droplets from sneezing or coughing. Science tells us those droplets do not travel farther than six feet.
Lesson 2- Social grouping is limited to ten or fewer people because a group that size can stay six feet apart from each other.
Lesson 3- Mucus droplets will stay on surfaces for several days, though, so wash your hands before touching your face.
Lesson 4- It’s healthy to go outside: bikeriding, walking, flying a kit. Just don’t get closer than six feet.
Lesson 5- The virus is not airborne.
WE ALL MUST:
• reduce person-to-person contact.
• stay 6 feet apart.
• refrain from touching our faces, after touching a surface, until you’ve washed your hands with soap for 20 seconds.
03/27/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos Update
Mayor Demetropoulos explains the meaning behind the many numbers of COVID-19 in this latest update.
CASES & DEATHS –
• As of Friday morning, March 27, 2020, Mississippi’s COVID-19 death rate is twice the fatality rate for flu.
• Louisiana, especially New Orleans, is an epicenter of the virus, which puts the Mississippi Gulf Coast at a higher risk.
STAY AT HOME –
• Seniors, stay home.
• People with underlying health conditions, stay home.
• Everyone else stay six feet apart.
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS –
We must be patient and wise as we stay single-focused on reducing this illness.
03/22/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos Sunday Update on COVID-19
Mayor Demetropoulos covers three points in his Sunday update:
- The math and science behind the decision to require restaurants to go to curbside delivery only includes a note of caution to our citizens younger than 50 years old.
- Caregivers need to care for themselves.
- Show mercy and be able to receive mercy during these trying times.
03/19/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos Discusses COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
Mayor Steve Demetropoulos lays out some steps and provides some resources to help you with stress and anxiety you may be experiencing related to COVID-19.
Helpful ideas to regain a sense of normalcy during abnormal times:
- Plan your day. Pick something to do, such as work in the yard, read a book, complete a task.
- Exercise and get some sunlight. Taking a walk accomplishes both.
- Don’t disrupt your sleep pattern. Keep a regular schedule for going to sleep and waking up each day.
- Don’t binge watch television shows.
- Find some acts of kindness to focus on others. Call two people each day to see how they are and to catch up.
- If you are a person of faith, praying and reading your Bible can bring peace.
Two mental health resources:
- Disaster Distress line: 800-985-5990
- Gulf Coast Family Counseling Agency is a United Way funded agency in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula. Call 875-6113.
03/17/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos’s COVID-19 Update As It Relates To Cases in County and Criteria
Mayor Steve Demetropoulos discusses the new coast cases of COVID-19, in Jackson County, as well as the testing criteria.
03/17/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos’s COVID-19 Update on Testing & When To Go To The Hospital
Mayor Steve Demetropoulos explains COVID-19 testing protocol and when to go to the hospital for medical help.
03/17/2020 Mayor Demetropoulos’s COVID-19 Update on Community Success
Mayor Steve Demetropoulos encourages the people of Pascagoula to stay strong as we face this pandemic together.
Videos regarding COVID-19 as it relates to Senior Citizens and the Young & Healthy are available on our YouTube Channel by clicking here.
The Chamber has opened its line at (228) 762-3391 as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 15th, for any businesses or workers who have identified a barrier to conducting business as usual. Please use that number if you have last resort childcare needs. As the scope of the actual childare need is assessed, other local churches are on standby to open after Monday, March 16th.
- The Utilities office will continue to be closed to the public until April 27, 2020. We ask that you continue to use the night drop in front of the office to make your payments. We recommend using a check or a money order as your form of payment, not cash. You may mail your payment to PO Drawer 908 Pascagoula, MS 39567. You may also utilize the online payment service located on the city’s website, cityofpascagoula.com. Once you have created your username and password, permissions will need to be applied by the utility office before payments can be submitted. This is done several times a day. Please allow up to 24 hours for your account to be readily available to pay online. If you need to know your balance, you may also access this information at the cityofpascagoula.com. You may also e-mail the Utility Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response via e-mail.
- If you’re a small business owner seeking assistance please go to www.sba.gov and https://www.coronavirus.gov/smallbusiness/ for information about loans and other financial resources. Also, workers seeking assistance can obtain information regarding unemployment benefits from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security at https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/covid19/.
- We have had good news regarding the Planning/Building employee that was tested on Thursday (03/26) for COVID-19. We were notified over the weekend that they tested negative for COVID-19. With this good information we will allow Planning/Building employees to return to the office on Monday (03/30). The Planning/Building office will still be closed to the public, but citizens can reach the office via e-mail and phone. Thank you for your time and patience throughout this process.
- The City of Pascagoula has received a supplement from the Governor to Executive Order 1463, which was originally issued on March 24th, 2020. This supplement clarifies that the City of Pascagoula’s regulations addressing mitigation of COVID-19, which went into effect on March 21st at 11:59 p.m. CT, are valid and enforceable. The public, including restaurant and bar establishments, should accordingly adhere to those regulations. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.
- The Utilities Department employee that was symptomatic tested negative for COVID-19. With this encouraging news, we will be opening the Utilities Department back up to employees next Monday (03/30/2020) at 8:00 A.M., but will still be closed to the public. The Utilities Department will still be accessible via phone at 228-938-6633.
- With the closure of the Pascagoula Utility office until April 6th, we ask that you continue to use the night drop in front of the office to make your payments. We recommend using a check or a money order as your form of payment, not cash. You may mail your payment to PO Drawer 908 Pascagoula, MS 39567. You may also utilize the online payment service located on the city’s website, cityofpascagoula.com. Once you have created your username and password, permissions will need to be applied by the utility office before payments can be submitted. This is done several times a day. Please allow up to 24 hours for your account to be readily available to pay online. If you need to know your balance, you may also access this information at the cityofpascagoula.com. You may also e-mail the Utility Department at email@example.com for more information. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response via e-mail.
There will no disconnections due to nonpayment for 60 days, as recommended by the Attorney General’s office. We will resume disconnections due to nonpayment on May 14th. You will be held responsible for the bills accrued during this 60 day period. You will still need to make your monthly payments. If you should have a balance 30 or more days past due, after the 60 days of no lock offs, your service will be turned off for nonpayment. If your service is disconnected for nonpayment, you will have to remit your payment in full to have the service restored.
- City Hall will be opening back up to employees this Thursday (03/26/2020) at 8:00 A.M., but City Hall will still be closed to the public. You may reach out to City Hall at 228-762-1020 with any questions.
- A City employee at the Planning and Building Department has shown symptoms of COVID-19. We do not know the status of the Planning/Building employee because they have not been tested, but any status updates we receive will be provided to the public. As of right now the Planning/Building Department will still be closed to employees until April 6th. The Planning and Building Department will still be accessible via phone at 228-938-6620. Also, you may reach out to City Hall at 228-762-1020 with any questions.
- Pursuant to the recommendation of the Mississippi State Department of Health, the City of Pascagoula recommends that people not attend funerals, weddings, church services, or other community or social events with expected attendance of more than ten (10) people.
- All Main Street events are cancelled until further notice.
- ALL City Parks are closed until further notice. This closure does NOT include the beach or sidewalks adjacent to the beach.
- Municipal courts will be closed until April 6th at the earliest. For more information, please call (228) 762-2424
- The Parks and Recreation Center is closed to the general public. We will continue to have Beautification and Maintenance staff available to take care of our City parks. If you need to contact the Parks and Recreation Department staff you may call (228) 372-6875.
- In an effort to minimize the risk of our senior citizens becoming ill, we have made the following changes at the Pascagoula Senior Center: THE PASCAGOULA SENIOR CENTER IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Starting Monday, March 23rd, the community breakfast and lunch pickup will be changing to meet the needs of our communities and ensure we are keeping community members and employees safe.
We will expand the number of locations for community breakfast and lunch pickup from two to six. The Pascagoula locations will be Arlington Elementary, Colmer Middle, and Pascagoula High. The Gautier locations will be College Park Elementary, Gautier Elementary, and Martin Bluff Elementary.
Community breakfast and lunch pickup will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will receive two meals on Monday and Wednesday and one meal on Friday.
On Monday, children will receive a bag with breakfast and lunch for Monday as well as bag with a breakfast and lunch for Tuesday.
On Wednesday, children will receive a bag with breakfast and lunch for Wednesday as well as a bag with breakfast and lunch for Thursday.
On Friday, children will receive a bag with breakfast and lunch for Friday.
The times will remain the same, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Resources packets will also be available for grades PreK-6 at each location.
Please remember to follow the directions provided by the employees at each location. The breakfast/lunch bags are available for children 18 years old and younger.
- MEMA- Shelter In Place Frequently Asked Questions
- Resolution for Regs for Public Safety and Disease Containment Amended- 03/31/20
- RELEASE- COVID-19 Amended Resolution-03/31/2020
- Notice of Special Call Meeting 03-31-2020
- RELEASE - Executive Order No. 1463 - 03/25/2020
- RELEASE - COVID-19 Updates - 03/24/2020
- RELEASE - Utilities COVID-19 - Update 03/23/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - City Parks Closed - 03/23/2020
- RELEASE - Utilities COVID-19 - 03/22/2020
- RELEASE - COVID-19 Planning and Building Department - 03/22/2020
- Resolution for Regs for Public Safety and Disease Containment - 03/21/2020
- RELEASE - Pascagoula City Council COVID-19 Resolution - 03/21/2020
- Notice of Special Call Meeting - 03/21/2020
- Notice of Special Call Meeting - 03/21/2020
- RELEASE - Pascagoula City Council COVID-19 Updates - 03/20/2020
- RELEASE - City Hall Closed
- RELEASE - Special Call Meeting - 03/20/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - Planning Department Closure - 03/19/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - Senior Center Closure - 03/19/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - Recreation Center Closure - 03/19/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - Municipal Courts Cancelled - 03/19/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - City Park Restrooms Closed - 03/19/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - Main Street Events Cancelled - 03/19/2020
- PUBLIC NOTICE - Utilities Department Closure - 03/19/2020
- RELEASE - City of Pascagoula Coronavirus Update - 03/13/2020
- RELEASE - Senior Center Luncheons and Classes Cancelled Due to Coronavirus - 03/13/2020
24/7 Public Works Hotline: 228-938-6623.