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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Jackson County Service Availability (COVID-19)

COVID Alert for Jackson County

Jackson County Service Availability (COVID-19)

Download Printable (PDF) Version of Frequently Used Jackson County Services/Offices (PDF - updated 5/18/2020, color coded new info)

MASKS ARE REQUIRED IN COUNTY BUILDINGS

FREQUENTLY USED JACKSON COUNTY SERVICES/OFFICES 
(UPDATED 5/18/2020 - Recreation Department, Parks Reopening Section)

As of May 18, Jackson County offices have reopened to the public with physical distancing and other important guidelines and restrictions in place. Signs have been posted asking visitors not to enter County buildings or offices if they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID -19 in the past 14 days, or experienced any of the following in the past 48 hours: had a fever or felt feverish, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. County employees are required to participate in a daily screening which involves measuring their temperature and assessing symptoms prior to the start of work. A few Departments plan to screen visitors as well.

We remind residents that many of the County’s services can be handled by phone, email, or online at www.co.jackson.ms.us. Please consider contacting the department before visiting in person to help reduce unnecessary in-person contact.

 

Animal Shelter – 228-497-6350 – Open Monday-Friday 10a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Saturdays)
*May reopen on Saturdays from 10am-2pm beginning in September 2020. Please confirm before going to the shelter.

  • Includes Adoptions AND Stray Intake (No Owner Surrenders at this Time) 
  • Adoptable Pets Can be Viewed Online: https://www.co.jackson.ms.us/165/Pet-Adoptions
  • Adoptable Pets will also be featured on the “Jackson County Animal Shelter” Facebook page


Chancery Offices – 

  • Land Records/Delinquent “Back” Taxes – 228-769-3131 or 228-769-3028, call ahead (installing glass barrier)
  • Utilize drop-box under County Services Building or basket at Land Records door when possible
  • Chancery Court – 228-769-3124
    • New court filings should be mailed or dropped in basket in lobby of Courthouse
    • Attorneys may file electronically through MEC

Circuit Clerk – 228-769-3040

  • Marriage Licenses (for residents of MS only) and Abstractors: by Appointment ONLY
  • Voter Registration: Visit Secretary of State’s Website (www.sos.ms.gov) and click “Y’all Vote” to
    • Print Voter Registration Form OR Update voter registration (ie. if you moved/married)

 

Tax Assessor’s Office – 228-769-3070 (Pascagoula) 228-875-3367 (Ocean Springs) – Offices Open

  • Services should continue to be handled by phone, email, or website when possible

Tax Collector’s Office – 228-769-3074 (Pascagoula) – Open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CLOSED noon- 1p.m. 

Landfill and Roadside Rubbish Pick-up – 228-872-8340 

  • Landfill – OPEN Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday from 7a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Drivers must remain in vehicle until at worksite area, limited number of vehicles allowed in at once
  • Roadside Pick-Up (Rubbish) Services running regular schedules (once a month pick-ups)
  • For Roadside Pick-up Schedule - https://www.co.jackson.ms.us/437/Roadside-Pick-Up
  • For List of Acceptable Items – https://www.co.jackson.ms.us/436/Rubbish-Disposal-Services
  • Limit roadside rubbish piles to 3 cubic yards and limbs should be under 6’
  • Garbage and Recycling (Waste Management 228-831-8900) – on regular schedules


RECREATIONAL FACILITIES OPEN WITH PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES/RESTRICTIONS

  • Whispering Pines Golf Course and Clubhouse – Email: golfcourse@co.jackson.ms.us or call 228-588-6111
  • Horse Arenas (to individual riders only) – call 228-826-5330 for details
  • Jackson-George Regional Library System (curbside/book drops services) – www.jgrls.org
  • Boat Launches are open – physical distancing guidelines must be followed
  • Beaches reopened April 27, 2020 – physical distancing guidelines must be followed, signs placed
  • Parks reopened May 12, 2020 – signs are posted noting restrictions and guidelines
    Splash pads are NOT open as of May 18, 2020
  • Community Centers reopened May 18, 2020 – occupancy restrictions based on Governor’s Executive orders
    Renters will be required to sign an “Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to COVID-19”
    Call 228-762-6043 or visit website for specific facilities - /247/Community-Centers

 

COURT RELATED INFORMATION – Please contact your attorney or specific court for courtroom restrictions

If you have a case pending and have an attorney, contact your attorney for updates regarding changes to court dates. Otherwise, please contact the relevant court if you have not already been contacted.

  • Chancery Court – 228-769-3453
  • Circuit Court – 288-769-3040
  • County Court – 228-769-3037
  • Justice – 228-769-3080*
  • Youth Court – 228-769-3076*

* Orders and forms are posted online

 

OTHER FREQUENTLY USED COUNTY OFFICES -
The following offices are open to the public unless otherwise noted

  • Adult Detention Center – 228-769-3052
  • Archives – 228-769-3415
  • Board of Supervisors – District 1 (228-769-3403), District 2 (228-769-3170), District 3 (228-762-7641), District 4 (228-769-3457), District 5 (228-769-3378)
  • Civic Action – Visit  https://www.jccivicaction.org/  for service updates
  • Department of Human Services – TANF Work Program and SNAP Employment & Training Applicants
    • Lobbies (Jefferson Street) are closed to public (see MDHS flyer additional service details)
    • Applications may be submitted online at www.access.ms.gov
    • Support Documents (requested by case workers) – email to dfo.jacksoncounty@mdhs.ms.gov
  • E-911 – 228-769-3240 or Email George_Sholl@co.jackson.msus, visitors will be screened
  • Extension Services – Offices are closed to public, Contact by Phone or Email
  • Human Resources – 228-769-3380
  • Planning Department – 228-769-3056 (Pascagoula) or 228-818-1890 (Ocean Springs)
  • Road Departments – Visitors will be screened
  • Veterans Affairs –228-769-3075, Visitors will be screened



Posted 3/19/2020

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors, along with the Office of Emergency Services, and County Administrator office, continue to work closely with other cities, counties, and health related agencies within the County and State to make the best decisions regarding necessary precautions and future actions based on current information.

It is extremely important that everyone follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the MS Department of Health to reduce the chances of transmitting the virus.

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the County began operating with limited staffing by utilizing flexible schedules in an effort to minimize the interaction and risk of transmitting COVID -19 between employees and members of the public. Specific schedules for the most frequently used County Departments can be viewed by opening the above link. Most of our offices, including those not listed, are only being handled via phone or email so individuals are encouraged to call the office they are trying to reach before going in person as many services can be handled online or over the phone.  In addition, available in-person services may, and will most likely, change as we receive more information about COVID-19.

We are continuing to take steps to keep our facilities clean and limit person-to-person contact as much as possible in an effort to keep everyone safe. 

  • Door handles, railings, work stations, public counters, and bathrooms are being sanitized more frequently
  • Hand sanitizing stations or dispensers are located throughout our facilities
  • County employees are encouraged to stay home if they are sick or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Posters reminding individuals of proper precautions as well as available services and contact info will be posted at our facilities
  • A COVID-19 Informational Webpage link is posted on our website that will be updated as decisions are made

The County is also asking residents to help us in these efforts by doing the following if you HAVE to come into our offices:

  • If you are sick with any flu like symptoms, please stay home
  • Contact offices by phone before coming in person - limit unnecessary trips to County facilities
  • Residents are strongly discouraged from social gatherings of 10 or more people
  • If something CAN wait until a later date, please avoid visiting one of our facilities in person
  • If your County business can be taken care of via phone, email, or through our website www.co.jackson.ms.us, please utilize those options
  • Minimize the number of individuals from your party who enter our facilities
    – leave children, elderly, and individuals who have compromised immune systems at home
  • Practice social distancing by remaining at least 6’ away from others
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and continue washing your hands frequently
  • Limit what you touch including counters, door handles, your face, etc.

REMINDER: If you believe you have COVID-19 STAY HOME - or call 228-809-5044 BEFORE going to the hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office for instructions.  This will prevent others who may be in waiting rooms for other issues from being exposed unnecessarily. 


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