October 23, 2020
COVID-19 Cases on the Rise
An Update from Hattiesburg Clinic Chief Executive Officer, Bryan N. Batson, MD
The second wave of COVID-19 is forthcoming, and experts warn that the US will see rapid acceleration in cases this fall. Earlier this week, the US recorded more than 60,300 new cases, and the national seven-day case average hit about 59,500 – an increase of about 73% in five and a half weeks, Johns Hopkins University data shows.
In Mississippi, COVID-19 related hospitalizations are up 24% from last week. The recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations led Gov. Tate Reeves to reinforce restrictions in nine counties, including Forrest and Lamar, which includes county-wide mask mandates and limits in social gatherings.
If you think you have been exposed or might have COVID-19, please visit Cough & Fever Clinic, located at the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza – 5909 US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg. For more information about Cough & Fever Clinic and our walk-in services, call (601) 261-1533.
Rapid testing is also available through our Curbside COVID Testing service. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.curbsidecovid.com. Patients are able to obtain a COVID test while conveniently waiting in their car. For more information about Curbside COVID Testing services, call (601) 261-1532.
Cough & Fever Clinic and Curbside COVID Testing hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There is also a free COVID-19 community testing center, located at the C.E. Roy Community Center (500 E Fifth Street in Hattiesburg). The testing center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting at 8 a.m. An appointment is not needed and symptoms are not required for testing. This location does not offer rapid testing at this time.
During this time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to establish a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP). A PCP is able to help facilitate all of your health care needs. If you are in search of a PCP, please call our Physician Finder phone number at (601) 261-3518 for assistance.
As always, thank you for entrusting Hattiesburg Clinic with your care.
Bryan N. Batson, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Hattiesburg Clinic, PA