The mission of Forrest General Hospital, along with the other Forrest Health facilities, is to do what is best for our patients. We have been here for you and are here for you now, prepared to care for every patient who walks through our doors. Your health and wellbeing is our greatest concern and top priority, and we are dedicated to providing a safe environment for you to get the care you need. Please do not delay or avoid care. Doing so could affect your health outcomes significantly. Talk to your physician if you have concerns about seeking care.
Below is basic information and a list of resources to help you understand and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
What is Novel Coronavirus?
According to the CDC a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
What are the Symptoms?
The CDC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website list the following symptoms. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Who is most at risk for becoming infected?
According to the CDC website, older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Children who have medical complexity, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to other children. CDC information for high-risk populations, including a list of who is at risk and who should take extra precautions, and how to prepare is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html
What should I do if I have some of the common symptoms of COVID-19?
If anyone thinks they might have COVID-19 or are exhibiting the common symptoms, they should contact their healthcare provider and be evaluated. However, before visiting to a physician’s office, an immediate care facility, or the emergency room, call ahead and alert the medical facility. This allows medical personnel to prepare prior to arrival. There are many clinics who provide COVID-19 tests. The Cough and Fever Clinic, a partnership Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest General, is located at Cloverleaf Medical Plaza, 5909 US Highway 49, across from Walmart. The clinic will no longer accept walk-in appointments for COVID-19 testing, however, curbside COVID testing is still available. Please visit https://www.hattiesburgclinic.com/curbsidecovid/link for instructions on scheduling your appointment for curbside testing. The Cough and Fever Clinic is currently a COVID-19 treatment facility and will only treat patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Treatments offered include antibody infusions and follow-up appointments for COVID-19 positive patients. Additionally, all COVID-19 treatment appointments must be scheduled prior to arrival. Visit https://www.hattiesburgclinic.com/curbsidecovid/link for more details or call (601) 261-1533.
If anyone is having trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, exhibiting new signs of confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or has bluish lips or face, call 911 and seek emergency medical attention immediately! Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who may have COVID-19.
What are some tips to protect myself and others from being infected?
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask
- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect
- Monitor your health daily and be alert for symptoms
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
Individuals should follow the travel advisories posted on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
More information on visiting beaches and pools and travel in the US, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updates and additional information on their COVID-19 Resource Page, including topics such as: how it spreads; symptoms; prevention and treatment; testing; and additional FAQs.