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Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

Given the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in consultation with public health officials, Mississippi College is updating its isolation and quarantine protocols as follows:

Testing Positive

Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms, including fever or cough, after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days.

COVID-19 Exposure

COVID Exposure Protocol flow chart

Vaccinated and Boosted

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and received their booster shot.

Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals who are deemed close contacts by the University’s contact tracing team do not need to quarantine but will be required to:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days after exposure.
  • Test on day 5 after exposure if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested, and stay home.

Unvaccinated or Not Yet Boosted

Individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted.

Those not fully vaccinated and boosted who are deemed close contacts will be required to:

  • Quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Continue wearing a well-fitted mask use for an additional 5 days.
  • Test on day 5. 
  • If the day 5 test is positive, individuals will be required to follow the isolation protocol.

Source: CDC

If You Have Had COVID-19

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

Source: MSDH

Quarantine is designed 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 infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.

Positive Test Day is considered "Day 0" so you may return to class/work on Day 6. This gives you 5 full days of quarantine or isolation.

On-Campus Students

When necessary, the contact tracing team will arrange housing for on-campus students at one of the isolation and quarantine facilities the University has prepared. If the student lives a commutable distance (<300 miles) and prefers to go home, that is an option.

Off-Campus Students, Faculty, and Staff

Faculty, staff, and off-campus students can utilize their homes for quarantine or isolation.

Contact tracers will maintain contact and provide instructions on additional steps as needed.