University Health Services (UHS) is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the university community and will continue serving students, faculty, and staff via in-person and virtual visits.
- For Student and Employee Health, appointments must be made by phone. To protect our patients and to adhere to public health guidance, walk-ins will not be allowed. All patients will be screened by phone to limit potential exposure before an in-person or virtual visit is scheduled. Modifications to University Health Services physical space and adjustments to the work flow have been implemented to maintain social distancing.
- Students, faculty, and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone suspected of or confirmed with COVID-19 should call UHS or a medical provider immediately. At UHS, a provider will assess and determine if you need to be tested at the clinic.
- You will be asked to quarantine until you receive your test results from a UHS provider. You will be given instructions for what to expect next along with CDC guidance for at home care.
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.
Reporting COVID-19 Positive Cases
- Employees must report positive tests to their supervisors and Employee Health, 662-915-6550.
- Students must report positive tests to Student Health, 662-915-7274.
- Student employees, to include hourly student workers and graduate assistants, should report a positive test result to their supervisor and student health.
- The university COVID-19 Response Task Force will be activated to communicate with the MSDH and appropriate campus departments to ensure that proper safety precautions including but not limited to contact tracing, isolation procedures, and disinfecting of workspaces/departments can be conducted.
- The anonymity and confidentiality of persons with COVID-19 will be protected, and their identity will not be disclosed publicly.