UM Confirmed Cases Page
As the university continues to closely monitor COVID-19, and in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the university’s COVID-19 page is being updated with UM confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees and students that have been reported to the university and confirmed by state and/or public health agencies. Additionally, the COVID-19 banner on the university’s homepage has been updated with a direct link to the list of confirmed cases.
Chancellor Message about Return to Work on Campus
On June 15, Chancellor Boyce shared an important update with faculty and staff about the university’s plans to Return to Work on Campus so that we continue to fulfill our core mission of providing an extraordinary educational experience for our students and enabling them to make progress toward earning their degrees. The Return to Work on Campus guidance includes new and modified operational parameters and protocols that will be in effect across campus, the relevant human resources policies and information about facilities that will be open.
Rebel Market In-Service Dining & Mobile Ordering
The Rebel Market dining area is open in addition to mobile ordering with curbside pick-up. Rebel Market hours of operation are 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for lunch and 5-7 p.m. for dinner. All pick-up orders must be placed through GET mobile and picked up curbside on the north side of Rebel Market. Orders may be placed between 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for lunch, and 5-6:45 p.m. for dinner. Pick-up orders may be scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Pay with Meal Plans, Flex, Ole Miss Express, Visa or MasterCard. For questions or assistance, call (662) 915-1949.
University Counseling Center Telemental Health Services
The University Counseling Center is offering telemental health services for enrolled students and employees of the University of Mississippi. If you are seeking mental health services, please contact the UCC to learn more about this option at (662) 915-3784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Mail is now open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. for pick up and drop off of departmental mail, both interdepartmental and outgoing.
University COVID-19-related news stories
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
For the protection of the health and safety of our campus community, any student in the Lafayette/Oxford/University area must report positive COVID-19 test results to Student Health at (662) 915-7274. The anonymity and confidentiality of persons with COVID-19 will be protected during this process. University Health Services will collaborate with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) for contact tracing and to determine additional precautions that may be warranted.
Faculty and Staff
The university is taking necessary measures to maintain a safe workplace, consistent with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Tate Reeves’s Safe Return executive order, MSDH, the City of Oxford’s Serving Oxford Safely order, and local health authorities. These measures include:
- Required Training: All employees (including faculty, administrators and supervisors/managers) are required to complete the “Return to Work on Campus” presentation that is accessible at blackboard.olemiss.edu.
- Understanding of Employee Responsibilities regarding COVID-19: All employees (including faculty, administrators and supervisors/managers) are required to review the expectations of employees related to return to work on campus and certify via the digital attestation that it has been read and the expectations are understood.
- Self-Monitoring: All employees (including faculty, administrators and supervisors/managers) are required to complete the UM COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker which is based on current CDC guidance. Employees will use this interactive tool daily to check for coronavirus symptoms and learn about resources available to help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.
Visit https://hr.olemiss.edu for additional information and guidance.
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
Employees must report positive tests to Employee Health (662) 915-6550 and to their supervisor. This is for the protection of the health and safety of the campus community. The anonymity and confidentiality of persons with COVID-19 will be protected during this process. University Health Services will collaborate with Mississippi State Department of Health for contact tracing and to determine additional precautions that may be warranted.
Facilities Parameters & Protocols
In the “Return to Work on Campus” plan, there are parameters and protocols related to facilities. Facilities Management will be contacting all Building Mayors and will be holding a Zoom information session about the process for implementing these parameters and protocols. Details about the information session will be shared shortly including the date and Zoom call-in details. Building Mayors may contact Dean Hansen, email@example.com with questions.
Other Things to Know
Gov. Tate Reeves has issued a new executive order related to COVID-19: Executive Order 1497.
On June 16, the Oxford Board of Aldermen voted to keep the mask requirement in place through June 30. The Board will revisit the issue on June 29 during a budget meeting.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a statement on the extension of non-essential travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico.
Cover smart. Do your part. Slow the spread: The National Institute of Standards and Technology shared a video on how to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering made with a few layers of tightly woven fabric that fits snugly over your mouth and nose.
UMMC and MSDH are hosting mobile COVID-19 sample collection sites. The appointment-only testing is free of charge. Mississippians who want to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire found at umc.edu/covidscreening. Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200 on Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Anyone determined to need testing will be given an appointment date and time at the testing site most convenient.
- Weekly, Mon-Sat: Jackson, West Street Farmers Market
- June 18: Louisville, Louisville Coliseum
- June 18: Vicksburg, Pemberton Square Mall
- June 19: Collins, Covington County Multipurpose Building
- June 20: Carthage, Carthage Coliseum
- June 20: Yazoo City, Wardell Leach Rec Complex
For other testing locations available statewide, please visit the Mississippi State Department of Health website. Those testing locations are not affiliated with UMMC and have their own screening and appointment processes.
On the Lighter Side:
- 20 Dreams from 2020: The New York Times shares funny and moving dreams from readers during the pandemic.
There are university studies and surveys underway that welcome your participation. Below is information on how you can learn about them and participate.
- Social Environment Changes during COVID-19 Quarantine https://uofmississippi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7Veid9lbE6wFiSh
- Measurement of COVID-19 Health Impact (MOCHI): uofmississippi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4O5zfNRsjf0zF65