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White House Official Visits UM Sept. 12 to Discuss COVID-19 Response Efforts
As part of a series of visits to select universities across the country, Dr. Deborah Birx – the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force — toured the Oxford campus and met with university, state and local officials and students to learn more about the university’s protocols and procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read the full story.
Free Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing
The University will offer free asymptomatic (i.e., without symptoms) COVID-19 testing for faculty, staff, and students on campus. This testing and data collection will serve as the university’s Sentinel Testing Program (which involves asymptomatic testing of our population) and will add to the current protections to keep our community safe. Invitations to register for an appointment time will be sent weekly.
- The first group of invitations for students, faculty and staff will enable people to register for optional testing that could be conducted as early as the week of Sept. 7.
- All testing will take place in the Ford Center media parking lot, and you will be able to drive through or walk up to the testing area.
- Invitations for random-sample testing will continue through October 2020.
- Faculty, staff, and students will receive an email, including a link to complete a brief (less than 2-minute) eligibility survey, and will then receive further instructions on how to register for an appointment, via an app, to be tested.
- Results of the test will be communicated to you through the app on your phone by the testing company as soon as a result is available.
- Answers to the eligibility survey questions will be kept confidential. Positive test results will be communicated to the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Contact Tracing Team, as required.
MSDH Updates Outbreak Guidelines for Colleges and Universities
On Sept. 2, the Mississippi State Department of Health updated its COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine and Outbreak Guidelines for Colleges and Universities.
Need to report your positive COVID-19 result over the weekend or after business hours? There are two ways you can accomplish this.
Download the Everbridge App and select the Report Positive COVID-19 button. Then scan or take a picture of your results and upload it to our HIPAA compliant UMBOX. Only University Health Services personnel will be able to view your documentation.
Fill out the UHS Self Report form, scan or take a picture of your results and upload both the form and your results to our HIPAA compliant UMBOX. Only University Health Services personnel will be able to view your documentation.
Everbridge App to Strengthen Contact Tracing Efforts
University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download Everbridge, a secure smartphone app that allows individuals to self-report their positive COVID-19 status and helps university contact tracers notify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus. The Everbridge app can be downloaded for free in Apple and Android app stores or by clicking here. Read this announcement about the app including a QuickStart Guide.
Answering your questions
UM Human Resources has shared the following guidance with employees.
UM faculty are encouraged to use the following guidance to continue to work flexibly, quickly, and collaboratively.