Coronavirus

(COVID-19) Information

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is currently the most dominant strain of the virus and is very contagious. Get vaccinated to defend against it!

 

Area hospitals report that roughly 90% of all hospitalizations related to

COVID-19 are those who have not been vaccinated! 

 

The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson Vaccines:

  • Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying due to COVID-19

  • Prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others

  • Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 — making it harder for the disease to spread and contributing to herd immunity

  • Prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and replicating, which allows it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines

MEI's Covid-19 Response and Relief Project 

RMI Consul General Eldon Alik

Marshallese community members across the United States have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

We are especially vulnerable to coronavirus because our community has one of the highest diabetes rates in the world, due in part, to the legacy of nuclear testing. Having relocated to the United States since the 1980s as Compact of Free Association migrants, we often work in jobs considered essential services and live in multigenerational households.

In response to this pandemic, MEI has delivered healthy  foods to families in quarantine and assisted families with funeral expenses. MEI continues to provide educational materials through video PSA's and literature, rental and utility assistance, and cleaning supplies/PPE through various government grants and from the support of generous corporate and private funders. 

Rental Assistance

Through an ESG-Covid-19 Grant through DHS, MEI is offering rental assistance for Marshallese and PI residents in Washington, Benton, Carroll, and Maddison Counties to prevent homelessness. 

Case Managers:  Marcina Langrine and Rotha Mejbon-Samuel

Call 479-365-7019 

 

Requirements include an eviction notice from the landlord

Click here for a preliminary application

MEI staff are also assisting ALL Washington Co residents with rental assistance through the Washington County portal. Please contact MEI for an appointment. This program does not require an eviction notice. Please contact our office at 479-365-7019 to make an appointment. Application assistance in Marshallese and English.

PPE and Cleaning Supplies

MEI is still accepting donations and has a limited supply of diapers, thermometers, oximeters, household cleaning supplies, Tylenol, and food. 

Contact our office:  479-365-7019 

Vaccine information and experiences by community members and leaders.

Other Services:
 
Translation / Interpreter Services
Educational Videos and PSA's
 
MEI provides video services in Marshallese and English.
Contact MEI for more information: info@mei.ngo

Marshallese Covid-19 Survivors' Testimony

I Wear A Mask PSA

FACT SHEETS by UAMS

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Please get your information from trusted sources. Due to the amount of misinformation about COVID-19, we recommend getting your information from the CDC, WHO, and health professionals. We and our partners will keep you informed about information in Marshallese.

Websites in English:

Centers for Disease Control

Arkansas:

UAMS

Arkansas Department of Health

Northwest Arkansas Council

Washington (state)

King County / Seattle, Public Health

World:

World Health Organization

Social Distancing

What is "social distancing"?

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Symptoms of COVID-19

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What is COVID-19? Prevention, What to do if you're sick (from UAMS, King County, WA)
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