Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are under an extended Safe Recovery Order per Governor Tate Reeves’ Executive Orders 1542 until Wednesday, February 3, 2020. We are also under an order by the City of Hattiesburg – Executive Orders 2021-1 until Thursday, February 4, 2020, that continues all mask requirements for all in the city limits of Hattiesburg. Additionally, in-house dining (indoor and outdoor) for restaurants shall close by 10 p.m. (but can continue operating pick-up, drive-thru or to-go services). Bars, nightclubs, dance halls and entertainment venues shall close at 10 p.m.  

Currently, there are 5,733 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and 111 deaths in Forrest County, Mississippi. There are 4,601 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and 61 deaths in Lamar County, Mississippi. [see more]

Currently, there are 95 confirmed cases (although not all active) of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the City of Hattiesburg workforce.

Updated January 12, 2021


In response to COVID-19 both Mayor Toby Barker and Governor Reeves’ have issued executive orders to help slow the spread and guide the economy in reopening. Below are links to both sets of orders. 


In response to COVID-19, Mayor Barker has committed to giving 2-5 briefings each week – when needed and when necessary – to communicate local numbers, key insights for data, action steps the community can take to help slow the spread and periodic city news. Below is a link to all briefings on YouTube. 








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If you have questions or need additional information about coronavirus and Mississippi, the information below will provide you with a hotline dedicated to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Hotline: 877-978-6453
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.



The Mississippi State Department of Health is distributing the vaccine to private providers and hospitals throughout the state to increase the availability of COVID-19. vaccination opportunities. As more vaccine arrives over the coming weeks, vaccinations will be expanded to other groups such as older adults, essential workers and those with chronic disease which raise the risk for series illnesses or complications from COVID-19.

To see the statewide vaccination plan, visit

Currently, vaccinations can be scheduled at MSDH-hosted drive-thru sites or through private providers/hospitals.

MSDH: Vaccination Site
Lake Terrace Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Monday – Saturday
8 a.m. – Noon
Appointment required:

Healthworks Immunization Clinic
Partnership between Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic
1st Floor, Main Clinic at 415 South 28th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Appointment required. / 601-261-1620


One of the City’s four factors for combatting COVID-19 includes making sure there is a wide availability of testing for any and all who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who feels symptomatic. Below is a list of testing sites throughout the Pine Belt, free and cash-pay.

CE Roy Community Center (FREE)
300 E 5th Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
8 a.m. – Noon
No appointment is necessary.
Walk-in. Rapid tests not available. Results within 48 hours (pending test volume)

Mississippi Department of Health (FREE)
Lamar County Health Department
207 Main Street Purvis, MS 39475
Appointment required
Drive-thru. Rapid and PCR tests are available.

Cough and Fever Clinic
5909 US Hwy 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturda – Sunday, 8 a.m. – Noon
Curbside service;

Southeast MS Rural Health Minor Care Clinic
123 South 27th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Sunday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

6176 US Hwy 98, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointment is necessary.
All TrustCare urgent care clinics accept insurance but you may also cash pay for COVID-19 testing. The rapid swab test is $185 cash pay or co-pay with insurance. The rapid antibody blood test is $160 cash pay or co-pay with insurance.


To access all information related to COVID-19 that has been released via daily updates and briefings, click the link below:

COVID-19 News Archive