Face coverings are optional in all indoor spaces, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, residence halls, libraries, dining facilities, the Student Union, Campus Recreation facilities, retail spaces, offices, conference rooms or extracurricular activities held in indoor on-campus spaces.
Faculty and staff may require face coverings for visitors to their private offices.
It is important that all of us continue to support and respect those in our community who need to, or choose to, wear a face covering in non-required spaces.
Reporting Positive COVID-19 Tests
UM students and employees must report positive COVID-19 tests to University Health Services.
Here are the ways you can report a positive test:
- Students: Call Student Health at (662) 915-7274 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Employees: Call Employee Health at (662) 915-6550 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fill out the UHS Self Report form (for students and employees), 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.
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses are available at Pharmacy Health Services, located inside the V.B. Harrison Health Center on campus. Also, these CDC and Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) resources offer more information about eligibility and recommendations:
COVID-19 testing is available at University Health Services located in the V.B. Harrison Health Center on campus. Tests are covered by most insurance companies. Call Student Health at (662) 915-7274 or Employee Health at (662) 915-6550 to schedule a test.
Free COVID-19 testing is provided by MSDH at the Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd.). Visit the scheduling site to book your test. Local clinics throughout Oxford also offer COVID-19 testing.
Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
The university continues to follow CDC Quarantine and Isolation guidance, which recommends that people who test positive for COVID-19 isolate for five days. If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by five days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
On Aug. 11, the CDC updated its guidance on quarantine to recommend that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5, regardless of vaccination status.
For additional details, please visit the CDC Quarantine and Isolation page which includes a Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, a tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.
Treatment for COVID-19 Infection
If you test positive for COVID-19 and may be at higher risk for severe illness, ask your doctor about treatment to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. See this information from MSDH about oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies.