Plans for Start of Spring Semester 2022
January 4, 2022
The COVID-19 Task Force and the Medical Crisis Response Task Force have been closely monitoring the rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19. The Omicron variant is significantly more infectious than the Delta variant and poses a serious threat, especially to vulnerable populations on our campus and in our community.
We need your help to protect the health and safety of our MC family and to continue normal operations during the Spring semester. This requires us to make these changes:
- MC will temporarily return to indoor masking in all classrooms and public spaces for students, faculty, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Please wear a well-fitted mask.
- Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask.
- Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets from getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.
- Information on improving your mask’s protection can be found on the CDC website.
- If you are eligible and have not already, please sign up to get the vaccine and booster.
- If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, call the Baptist Medical Clinic at 601-924-9005 or your health care provider to arrange for a test.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, notify the MC COVID-19 Hotline at 601-925-3030 or email email@example.com immediately to coordinate MC’s response.
- We are currently evaluating the CDC’s new isolation and quarantine recommendations.
For the past two years, the MC family has risen to face many unexpected challenges. We are confident that we will rise together to overcome this latest challenge and have a successful Spring semester.
Jonathan W. Ambrose, Ph.D.
Associate VP for the Student Experience
Dean of Students
COVID-19 Task Force Co-chair