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Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center

Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19)

University COVID-19 Updates

For all USM updates and communications, visit the Office of the Provost website.

 Hattiesburg Clinic opens "Cough and Fever Clinic"

Starting March 18, 2020, Hattiesburg Clinic's Cloverleaf Immediate Care Clinic located on Hwy 49 S is being converted to a "Cough and Fever Clinic."

Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. as a walk-in clinic.

Address: 5909 US 49 #20, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Phone Number: 601-296-2800

For more information, visit Cough and Fever Clinic

Health Center Updates

Moffitt Health Center log

April 3, 2020


HOURS OF OPERATION          4/6/2020 – 4/17/2020

Clinic:             Mon-Friday        9am-noon / 1pm-4pm

Pharmacy:      Mon-Friday        9am-noon / 1pm-4pm

TELEMEDICINE visits available for medication refills and minor illness. Call 601-266-5390 and a provider will return your call during business hours.

PHARMACY PICKUP WINDOW is available on the West side of Moffitt Health Center. Refills can be requested by calling 601-266-4075.

 “FLATTEN THE CURVE” -  In order for Mississippi to avoid hospital overload which may lead to increased deaths, it is important to start “social distancing” and “shelter in place” NOW.  Mississippi is predicted to reach its peak infectivity mid-April to early-May.  

COVID 19 SYMPTOMS - Fever (T 100.4 F) and cough or difficulty breathing.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.  If you become ill, SELF ISOLATE IMMEDIATELY to avoid spread of the virus to others.  Call your healthcare provider for medical advice. STAY HOME except for medical care.

COVID 19 TESTING – Currently nasopharyngeal swabs can be collected on symptomatic patients at MHC and be sent to LABCORP or MSDH Lab. 


March 16, 2020

Dear University Community,

The University of Southern Mississippi continues to actively monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People in numerous countries, including the United States, and now Mississippi have been infected. 

Mississippi now has several confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the anticipation of more to come in the days ahead; thus we recommend increasing your awareness of the symptoms of the virus. We also encourage the community to practice prevention techniques, including those of self-isolation when ill and social distancing. Health officials worldwide recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and that recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) are being updated frequently as needed. 


The Hattiesburg area is fortunate to have a local health department, as well as a number of clinics, urgent care clinics, and hospitals accessible by those in the community. While the healthcare infrastructure in Hattiesburg is well established, it is important the community understand the demand on these entities under normal circumstances, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to needs in the area, Hattiesburg Clinic is converting the Cloverleaf Immediate Care Clinic to a Cough and Fever Clinic. More information about this clinic can be found at the top of this page.

While hospitals and emergency rooms are great resources, they are to be used in the event of an emergency. Seeking emergency services for non-emergent illness or injury delays access for those truly needing medical intervention. If you are experiencing symptoms of a cold or flu, it may be more appropriate to be seen at a primary care or urgent care clinic before going to the hospital.

If you develop fever, cough or shortness of breath AND you have recently traveled to an area of ongoing spread OR you have been in close contact with a person known (laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient) to have COVID-19, then call ahead and speak with a medical professional for advice on where to go.


COVID-19 (coronavirus) is the disease; SARS-2-CoV is the virus.

  • Transmission
    • Virus is found in respiratory secretions and saliva.
    • Stool shedding also described, but uncertain what role, if any, that plays.
  • Incubation period
    • Range 2-14 days
    • For people quarantined, 14-day observation recommended to exclude infection. Self-isolation (quarantine) does NOT mean that a person is positive for the virus. It is simply a time to prevent further spread and/or exposure to other people.


Symptoms may range from mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask. Facemasks should be used by people who are ill to prevent the spread of the disease to others and for healthcare workers who are taking care of ill patients.
  • Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds OR use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.CDC: Prevention & Treatment


If you develop a fever (100.4 F or higher) and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Self isolate and stay home except for medical care.


To slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) into the United States, the CDC has new guidelines for travelers returning from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

  • Stay home for 14 days (self-isolation) and monitor your health.
  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times daily and monitor for symptoms.
  • Practice social distancing and avoidance of any crowded areas.
  • If you get sick with fever (T 100.4F or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing then seek medical care. 


Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center

Dean of Students Office (601) 266-6028

Mississippi State Department of Health Coronavirus HOTLINE (877) 978-6453


Melissa B. Roberts, M.D.

Executive Director
Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center


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Fall and Spring Semesters

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Pharmacy opens at 9 a.m. Monday - Friday*

Semester Breaks and Summer

Clinic and Pharmacy
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - Noon, 1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Contact Us

Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center
Scott Hall
118 College Drive Box #5066
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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