Wednesday, January 19, 2022 COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 PCR tests offered at the depot six days a week

The university is continuing FREE COVID-19 PCR testing for symptomatic or asymptomatic students, faculty and staff at the University-Oxford Depot on campus, six days a week.

  • Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

To schedule your test:

  • Text “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR click this link:
  • Complete the test admission form
  • You will receive a confirmation # to present at the test site
  • Show up (with your university affiliate ID) any day, any time during testing hours that week.

The Health Center also offers COVID-19 testing on campus. Call Student Health at (662) 915-7274 or Employee Health at (662) 915-6550 to schedule a test. The Mississippi State Department of Health continues to have appointments for FREE COVID-19 testing at the Oxford Conference Center Monday through Friday. More information and available appointments can be found here. And these clinics around town are offering COVID-19 testing.

Extracurricular events and activities

University departments and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) may organize events, gatherings, and extracurricular activities. As the university returns for the Spring 2022 semester, we are in the midst of the wave of Omicron variants. We encourage registered student organizations and campus departments to plan accordingly when organizing on-campus and off-campus events and activities. It is strongly encouraged that events, activities and meetings be moved virtually and avoid serving food (or other activities requiring mask removal) as much as possible during the first few weeks of the semester. As we progress through the semester, we plan to return to previous formats and levels of activity.

The university continues to require face coverings in indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This includes public office spaces, classrooms, lecture halls, and other academic spaces like labs and libraries. Additionally, masks are required when walking through public areas in residence halls, dining halls, common areas of fraternity and sorority houses, the Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union, campus recreation, and retail spaces. Masks are mandatory for extracurricular activities held in indoor spaces on campus. Face coverings are not required outdoors, but social distancing is encouraged.

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) must submit their in-person events (all in-person meetings, programs, events, and activities) through ForUM and must comply with the University of Mississippi’s Event Registration Policy https:/ / RSOs can contact [email protected] Academic and administrative units can contact Emily Ferris from the Events and Activities Working Group.

Suggestions and recommendations for extracurricular events and activities

  • It is recommended that in-person events and activities be held only if they have a clear and specific business or educational purpose.
  • All people should wear masks indoors in a public or event space and maintain social distancing indoors and outdoors. Please follow CDC guidelines on how to wear a mask so masks are as effective as possible.
  • Physical distancing is strongly recommended for indoor events and extracurricular activities (space capacity must allow for 6 feet distancing or 3 feet for seated classroom-style events).
  • Food services and other indoor activities that require the removal of masks are not recommended.
  • The list of participants is recommended to facilitate the search for potential contacts.
  • Transportation: Masks required per CDC guidelines (vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals).

Vaccines against covid-19

Please get vaccinated or boosted if you are eligible. Vaccines are available free to Ole Miss employees and students at the University Health Center Pharmacy weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get vaccinated and get some Ole Miss swag! Pharmaceutical Health Services is located inside the VB Harrison Health Center on campus, (662) 915-5279. Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for people age 18 and older, while Pfizer is available for anyone age 12 and older. A list of local vaccination clinics is available on the UM vaccination webpage. More information on where to get a vaccine can also be found at

Featured FAQs: How do I end isolation if I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms?

According to the CDC, if you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, self-isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and Day 1 is the first full day after sample collection for your positive test. You can leave isolation after 5 full days. If you continue to have no symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 days. You should continue to wear a properly fitted mask around others at home and in public until Day 10 (Day 6 to Day 10). If you cannot wear a mask around other people, you must continue to self-isolate for 10 days.

News and Resources

COVID-19 data

  • MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi (as of January 18):
    • 8,460 new cases, 48 ​​new deaths and 308 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.
  • Mississippi Vaccination Report (as of Jan. 19):
    • 3,601,077 total doses administered; 1,700,015 people receiving at least one dose; and 1,471,798 people fully immunized.
    • Lafayette County: 70,261 total doses administered; 29,008 people fully vaccinated, 54% of the total population fully vaccinated.

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