Masks Required in All Indoor Public Spaces on Campus
The university requires face coverings in indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This includes public office spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, and other academic spaces like laboratories and libraries. Additionally, masks are required while traversing public spaces in residence halls, dining facilities, the Student Union, Campus Recreation, and retail spaces.
Masks are required for extracurricular activities, including athletics events, held in indoor on-campus spaces. Please help us protect our fans, students, employees, and student-athletes in the SJB Pavilion by wearing a face covering at all times except when eating or drinking. Face coverings are not required when outdoors. Visit this page for more information on current protocols.
Free COVID-19 Testing at Depot
What? FREE COVID-19 testing (PCR)
Who? For symptomatic or asymptomatic students, faculty and staff
Where? University-Oxford Depot on campus
When? Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.
How? To schedule your test:
- Text “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR click on this link: http://86borders.com/l/68415e8f
- Complete the Testing Intake Form
- You will receive a confirmation # to present at the testing site
- Show up (with your University-affiliated ID) any day, any time during testing hours that week.
Free COVID-19 Testing at Oxford Conference Center
What? FREE COVID19 testing (rapid and PRC) offered by MSDH
Who? Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 at an MSDH site. Testing is suggested for those who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Where? Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd.)
When? Appointments available Monday through Friday
How? More information and available appointments can be found here.
Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from USPS.com. Click here to order tests. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
- Limit of one order per residential address
- One order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Orders will ship free starting in late January
Featured FAQ: What should faculty do if a student notifies them that they have been exposed to COVID-19?
Students who are asymptomatic AND have received a booster dose OR received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna within the last six months OR received one dose of J&J within the last two months do not have to quarantine. They are recommended to wear a mask around others for 10 days and consider getting tested on the 5th day after initial exposure. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
Students who are unvaccinated OR received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than six months ago OR received one dose of J&J more than two months ago must quarantine for five days. It is recommended that they get tested on day five. They should also continue to wear a mask around others for an additional five days.
For more information, please review the MSDH Guidance on Quarantine and Isolation or visit the University Health Center FAQs.
News Stories and Resources
- MSDH Video update from State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs
- Biden-Harris Administration requires insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests (HHS)
- COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens (CDC)
- UMMC awarded $3M grant to address employee stress, burnout from COVID-19
- From COVID-19 variant to variant, critical care providers fight to save lives (UMMC)
- Unvaccinated kids bear brunt of COVID-19, studies show (UMMC)
- COVID mask guide for omicron surge: Why N95, KN95 masks are so much more effective than cloth (USA Today)
- Yes, you can catch the flu and Covid. No, ‘flurona’ isn’t real (NBC)
- U.S. pharmacies are rolling out free N95 masks (CNN)
- MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi (as of Jan. 26):
- 6,596 new cases, 19 new deaths and 305 long-term care facilities outbreaks.
- Mississippi Vaccination Report (as of Jan. 25):
- 3,633,637 total doses administered; 1,708,249 people receiving at least one dose; and 1,480,641 people fully vaccinated.
- Lafayette County: 70,785 Total Doses Administered; 29,119 People Fully Vaccinated, 54% of Total Population Fully Vaccinated.