Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest General to offer curbside testing for COVID-19
Tate Rutland, Communications Manager
NEWS RELEASE March 27, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cough & Fever Clinic Now Offers Curbside Testing
HATTIESBURG, MISS. – In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are now offering curbside testing for COVID-19. This testing will be provided through the Cough & Fever Clinic, located at the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza at 5909 US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.
Patients must schedule an appointment online at www.curbsidecovid.com a minimum of three hours in advance to get tested. For Hattiesburg Clinic patients that have an active Iris account, they will be directed to continue their appointment through Iris. Patients without an active Iris account may continue as a “guest.” Drive-thru testing is not available at this time.
As a part of the online scheduling process, patients will be required to complete the registration process. Once these steps have been completed, the patient will receive a confirmation that the curbside appointment has been scheduled.
Upon arrival to the Cough & Fever Clinic, signage and staff will be present with further directions. Cough & Fever Clinic staff members will provide specific instructions to each patient regarding testing protocol, home-care and quarantine, as well as an estimated timeline for results.
“It’s really a much faster and safer solution,” said Bryan Batson, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Hattiesburg Clinic.
“By keeping patients in their cars, we reduce the risk of contagion and exposing others to Coronavirus. It will also help alleviate pressure on our hospitals and physicians.”
Appointments can be made for curbside COVID testing, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week.