Know The Signs & Symptoms Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) & What To Do
Symptoms can be very similar to the flu or cold. If you develop these symptoms or have been in contact with someone know to have COVID-19:
Call the Ochsner COVID-19 Info Line, a free nurse care line.
Ochsner Health Coronavirus Information Hotline: 1-866-703-7790
Hancock County Government Services
Due to the Governor’s Shelter-In-Place Executive Order, all Hancock County Government Offices are being impacted at this time.
Hancock County Board of Supervisors
Currently, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors office is closed to the public. This office is working with limited staff during the closure.
Hancock County Planning & Zoning Department
Currently, the Hancock County Planning & Zoning Department is open but closed to the public. The office is working with limited staff and is working by phone and appointment only. Please call the office for questions or to make an appointment: 228-467-4157
Hancock County Chancery Clerk
Currently, the Hancock County Chancery Clerk’s Office is open but closed to the public. The office is working with limited staff and is working by phone and appointment only. Please call the office for questions or to make an appointment: 228-467-5406
Hancock County Circuit Clerk
Currently, the Hancock County Circuit Clerk’s Office is open but closed to the public. The office is working with limited staff and is working by phone and appointment only. Please call the office for questions or to make an appointment: 228-467-5265
Hancock County Justice Clerk
Currently, the Hancock County Justice Clerk’s Office is open but is working with limited staff. The office accepts fine payments made by credit/debit cards over the phone @ 1-855-796-5773 or online at www.hancockjccopay.com. For other questions, please call the office: 228-467-5573
Hancock County Tax Collector/Assessor Office
Currently, the Hancock County Tax Collector/Assessor Office is open to the public but with very limited front-line staff. The office is not allowing the public to enter the building. Staff will assist patrons through the window by the main door. We appreciate your time and patience during this difficult time.
For Homestead Exemption application questions, please call one of the following numbers between the hours of 9AM – 3 PM Monday – Friday:
The office encourages citizens to use alternate forms of payment methods at this time. Real Estate Property Taxes, Personal Property Taxes, Mobile Home Taxes, and Car Tag Renewals can be paid using our online payment portals. A 3% convenience fee will be added by the Credit Card Payment Processor.
New car tag applications will be processed after April 20th. All late fees will be waived once the office reopens.
All title transfers will be processed after April 20th.
Solid waste bills can be mailed to the Hancock County Tax Collectors Office.
Hancock County Youth Court
Currently, the Hancock County Youth Court is closed to the public.
Prevention & Preparedness
Preventive measures against COVID-19 are the same as those for other respiratory viruses like the flu. To help prevent getting and spreading disease:
- Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective hand washing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
- Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
- During or before flu season, get a flu shot. Flu vaccination can prevent the flu or make it less severe, and decrease your chance of hospitalization and death. It also keeps you healthier and better able to fight off infections.
- If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, cough, fever or similar flu-like symptoms, call a doctor or healthcare provider.
For People at High Risk
People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are older adults and those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. These people should take simple precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill:
- Do not attend gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Keep more space (6 feet if possible) between you and others as you go through the day.
- Avoid crowds. When you do go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact.
- Wash your hands often, especially after being in public places.
If COVID-19 begins to spread locally, you should stay home as much as possible. Having a supply of important medications and basic supplies can help.