Hattiesburg mayor encourages neighbors to listen to healthcare providers

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The City of Hattiesburg teamed up with Forrest General Hospital and the Hattiesburg Clinic to reopen the C.E. Roy Community Center in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

The center closed at the end of June after positive tests in the area had trickled down to a handful. City leaders said they felt there was enough testing capacity at clinics and hospitals and no longer saw the need to continue center until now.

This past weekend, the area saw 400 new cases of the virus, with many being of the unvaccinated population according to Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker. The Forrest County Health Department will also start testing five days a week. The mayor said while testing will be available vaccinations are the ultimate goal.

“This entire situation is preventable, and it just involves people putting down Facebook and listening to the science and listening to their own personal doctors and just going to get the shot,” said Barker.

The CE Roy Center will be opened for testing on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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