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COVID Update

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 tested.
  • 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 close contact.
  • Events should be scheduled in large spaces or outdoors when possible.

These updated protocols will continue to be reevaluated, pending future public health guidance.

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.

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