Hattiesburg Clinic, William Carey University Conduct Mass COVID-19 Testing for Students Living on Campus
Hattiesburg Clinic and William Carey University have teamed up again to provide mass COVID-19 testing for students living on campus as they return to classes this week.
Prior to checking into their dorms, students visited the Ben Waddle Sports Facility located on the Hattiesburg campus, where they were screened and tested for COVID-19.
“Testing students in this fashion will hopefully prevent a major outbreak,” Jeremy B. Wells, MD, with Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine said. “If someone tests positive for COVID-19, we’re catching it before they move into the dorm and potentially infect an entire floor, which would force additional students to have to quarantine and miss classes.”
Roughly 400 William Carey students were tested for COVID-19. Most students received their results within 15 minutes of being tested and were then introduced to William Carey Student Health provider, Ashley Sanford, AGNP, where she discussed and explained their COVID-19 results. Students were also set up with an Iris account to help manage and access future health care needs.
William Carey Student Health, another joint venture between Hattiesburg Clinic and the university, is located on campus in Crawford Hall and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The new student health clinic offers evaluation and testing for cough and fever illnesses and COVID-19 related symptoms and is available to all currently enrolled William Carey University students.
“The student health clinic is a great resource for students, especially those who are not from the area or who do not have reliable transportation,” Jessica M. Tullos, DO, Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine said. “In addition to providing acute care, our nurse practitioner can help coordinate and refer students to a family physician if they have more chronic care concerns.”