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Prevention & Care

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. All members of the MC community, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to:

  • Follow current masking guidelines.
  • Practice physical distancing and minimize close contact with others, especially indoors.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if washing is not an option.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick; call ahead before seeking medical care at the Baptist Medical Clinic or elsewhere.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

What should I do if I’m feeling sick?

If you feel sick, you should call Baptist Medical Clinic during business hours at 601-924-9005 if you are experiencing any of the following original COVID-19 symptoms:

  • cough,
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • repeated shaking with chills,
  • runny nose or new sinus congestion,
  • muscle pain,
  • headache,
  • sore throat,
  • fatigue,
  • new GI symptoms, or
  • new loss of taste or smell

Symptoms of the COVID-19 Delta variant can look more like allergies, so you should call Baptist Medical Clinic during business hours at 601-924-9005 if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • fever

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 and seek emergency medical care immediately if you have:

  • trouble breathing,
  • persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
  • new confusion,
  • inability to wake or stay awake, or
  • bluish lips or face                                                

    *This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other severe or concerning symptoms to you.

Call 911 if you feel you need immediate care. Notify the operator that you seek care for someone who has or may have COVID-19. When unwell, especially if you have any of the signs or symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus.

Source: CDC

When an Individual Becomes Sick

  • Faculty/staff/students/visitors need to report symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath). There are 11 preliminary symptoms of COVID-19 that need to be reviewed.
  • Any ill person should immediately be separated, sent home, and must call a medical provider.
  • For a persistent, elevated temperature or other CDC symptoms, call the Baptist Medical Clinic at 601-924-9005.
  • Please notify the MC COVID-19 Hotline at 601-925-3030 or email immediately to coordinate MC's response.
  • When a person is too ill to travel home themselves, emergency medical services will be contacted.
  • Campus security or non-family should not volunteer to provide transportation.
  • Immediately advise the person to self-isolate and obtain a list of all known close contacts.
  • If a positive COVID-19 test result is confirmed, MC will assist public health officials with contact tracing.
  • Confidentiality of health information is essential (ADA, EEOC, FERPA, HIPAA). However, public health emergency exceptions apply for a disclosure of COVID-19 case information on a limited, need-to-know basis, such as reporting to public health officials and key university personnel.

All students, faculty, and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to
the virus must follow the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols established by Mississippi College, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the State of Mississippi.