If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can be tested at one of these local medical providers.
Call before going to the clinic. Take your insurance card with you.
You can also schedule drive-through testing with MSDH in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
If you have no COVID-19 symptoms, you can be tested on campus at no cost.
If you would like to be tested, follow this link to set up an appointment: https://mccovidtestingcenter.
This is a “swab and go” test. It will take approximately 15 minutes. Wear your mask, arrive on time, and have your MC ID to check-in. If you start to develop symptoms, please go to TrustCare or the Baptist Medical Clinic for testing. MC only tests asymptomatic people on campus.
If you have any specific questions about this testing program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following people should get tested for COVID-19:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who are fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine should be evaluated by their healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.
- People without symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (including a person who does not have symptoms within 10 days of their positive test result).
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as attending large social or mass gatherings or being in crowded indoor settings.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local external icon, or territorial health department.
The following people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to get tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms:
- Persons who are fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine not living in a congregate setting.
- For residents in non-healthcare congregate settings (e.g., correctional and detention facilities, group homes) and employees of residential congregate settings and high-density workplaces (e.g., meat and poultry processing and manufacturing plants), refer to CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get tested.
All MC residential students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must be isolated at an off-campus location. It is recommended that students arrange for transporation home, so they can safely isolate for the relevant required period. Follow instructions for isolation and keep Residence Life updated on your health status, so it can facilitate the date for your return to campus.
Students who are unable to isolate at home or at an alternate off-campus location may appeal for assistance with an isolation location. Several conditions must be met in order to qualify for MC isolation support:
- Home location is in excess of 5 hours (300 miles) road travel.
- Access to air travel is not permitted.
- Confirmation that the physical condition of a family member in the home would place them at risk (i.e., elderly reisdent (>65), immunocompromised, etc.).
As soon as you learn that you have COVID-19, stay home until:
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms began (or since your positive test, if you have no symptoms), and
- It has been at least 24 hours since you last had a fever, without using fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen), and
- Your symptoms have improved.
You tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms:
- Stay home until 10 days have passed since your positive test.
- If you live with others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Asymptomatic individulas with a positive rapid COVID-19 test who have a negative molecular based COVID-19 test (i.e., PCR) within 48 hours of the rapid positive do not requrie further exclusion and may return to the college setting. This only applies to molecular based tests as the confirmatory testing and does not include antigen tests or antibody tests.
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A high-risk exposure (or close contact to an infected person) is specified as spending 15 minutes (within 6 feet) or less of someone infectious with COVID-19, with or without a mask. The 15-minute timeframe is not required to be continuous; rather cumulative throughout the day.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care.
- Do not visit public areas.
- Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Stay in touch with your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people.
- As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home.
- If possible, you should use a separate bathroom.
- If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
- Monitor your symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, or other symptoms.
- Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Isolation is used when you have COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms. Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus from others, even in their homes.
Here is a short CDC video.
We are now living in a COVID-19 environment so assume that it is present most places. It is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is to:
- Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible.
- Take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.
- If you start feeling sick and think you may have COVID-19, get in touch with your healthcare provider within 24 hours.
Remember... seemingly healthy, asymptomatic individuals may be carriers of COVID-19, especially ones who feel fine and are well enough to engage in unsafe behaviors. These are the individuals who will bring the virus into contact with others. When you are sick or feel sick … stay home! It is the ones who are feeling well that present the greatest risk to us all.
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.
There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about the differences between flu and COVID-19 is available in the different sections below.
Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
While more is learned every day, there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it. This page compares COVID-19 and flu, given the best available information to date.
We are monitoring multiple variants; currently, there are four notable variants in the United States:
B.1.1.7 (Alpha): This variant was first detected in the United States in December 2020. It was initially detected in the United Kingdom.
B.1.351 (Beta): This variant was first detected in the United States at the end of January 2021. It was initially detected in South Africa in December 2020.
P.1 (Gamma): This variant was first detected in the United States in January 2021. P.1 was initially identified in travelers from Brazil, who were tested during routine screening at an airport in Japan in early January.
B.1.617.2 (Delta): This variant was first detected in the United States in March 2021. It was initially identified in India in December 2020.
These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations and potentially more deaths.
So far, studies suggest that the current authorized vaccines work on the circulating variants. Scientists will continue to study these and other variants.