December 4, 2020
Post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Surge: Cases, Hospitalizations Hit Another Record
An Update from Hattiesburg Clinic Chief Executive Officer, Bryan N. Batson, MD
Over the past two weeks, we have seen an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. On Wednesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced 2,457 new reported cases. Thursday was another record high day with 2,168 new cases. Unfortunately, children are not excluded. We have recently seen 120 pediatric hospitalizations and three deaths, all under the age of 20. According to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the worst is yet to come.
In order to help preserve much of our needed health care resources and slow the spread this winter, please remember the importance of mask usage, social distancing, and avoidance of crowds. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately and avoid close contact with all other individuals.
While we have received some encouraging news in the last few weeks with regards to vaccines and new outpatient therapies, we cannot let down our guard in our fight against this deadly virus. Our hospitals and emergency rooms are full, and testing capacities are once again significantly strained. The pandemic is far from over, and the next several months are expected to be among the most challenging we have seen yet. It is absolutely imperative that we all do our part to help protect ourselves, our families, our friends, and our community.
If you think you have been exposed or might have COVID-19, there are several resources available:
Cough & Fever Clinic, located at the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza – 5909 US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.curbsidecovid.com. For more information on Cough & Fever and its services, call (601) 261-1533. Cough & Fever Clinic and Curbside COVID Testing hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
C.E. Roy Community Center in Hattiesburg is a free COVID-19 community testing center. The testing center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. An appointment is not needed and symptoms are not required for testing. Rapid testing is not available here.
Thank you for entrusting Hattiesburg Clinic with your care.
Please stay safe,
Bryan N. Batson, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Hattiesburg Clinic, PA