August 5, 2021
On Wednesday, August 4, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) released
official MSDH COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for College and University Settings. In accordance with this guidance, The University of Southern Mississippi’s COVID-19
protocols will be updated as follows, effective August 6, 2021.
- If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days following
exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should quarantine for at least 10 days
after exposure. Fully vaccinated persons do not have to quarantine after exposure, but should get
- If you test positive for COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated, you should isolate for
at least 10 days from the beginning of your symptoms or from your test date if you
have no symptoms.
- Due to the prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta Variant, face coverings must
be worn universally indoors for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless
of vaccination status, unless an individual is in an isolated space. This requirement
will continue to be reevaluated as public health guidance evolves throughout the surge
associated with the Delta Variant.
- Face coverings are strongly recommended in any other setting in which people are in
- Events should be scheduled in large spaces or outdoors when possible.
These updated protocols will continue to be reevaluated, pending future public health
Individual employee concerns that have not already been addressed should be discussed
with the department head, director, or dean in consultation with HR. View HR’s COVID-19 FAQs for more information.
All students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to continue to Do Your Part by
following the University’s Community Standards.