Students Can Apply Now for HEERF III Funds
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is available this semester to students with financial need. HEERF III are financial aid grants to students that may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. APPLY NOW!
Free COVID-19 Testing Continues at Depot
Get a free COVID-19 PCR test at the University-Oxford Depot on campus by texting “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR clicking on this link: http://86borders.com/l/68415e8f. Testing is offered Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.
Order Four More FREE, At-Home COVID-19 Tests
You can now order four more FREE, at-home rapid Covid-19 antigen tests from COVIDtests.gov. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-home tests. Enter a U.S. home address at COVIDtests.gov to create a free order for four tests. Households that already received a package of tests from the site are eligible to request a new one. If you need help placing an order for your at-home tests, call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
Featured FAQ: When should I use a home test for COVID-19 and how do I report the results? Used properly, home COVID-19 test kits can detect infection early and prevent the spread to others. You should use a home test when you develop symptoms of COVID-19, or you are a close contact to an individual with COVID-19 and are testing on day five after exposure. Free test kits are available from covidtests.gov. See additional information from MSDH.
News Stories and Resources
- MSDH News: State health officer to resign in July
- AAP immediate past president: Bring strengths together to help families post-pandemic (UMMC)
- Preparing children and teens for vaccination (CDC)
- Domestic travel during COVID-19 (CDC)
- Nationwide test-to-treat initiative ensuring rapid ‘on the spot’ access to lifesaving COVID treatments (HHS)
- Phase 2, 3 trial for Pfizer pill for COVID begins in children ages 6 to 17 (ABC News)
- MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi (as of March 8):
- 163 new cases, 22 new deaths and 55 long-term care facilities outbreaks.
- Mississippi Vaccination Report (as of March 8):
- 3,746,832 total doses administered; 1,739,040 people receiving at least one dose; and 1,521,991 people fully vaccinated.
- Lafayette County: 72,079 Total Doses Administered; 29,591 People Fully Vaccinated, 55% of Total Population Fully Vaccinated.