Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (7 days a week, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.): 877-978-6453

Preventing COVID-19: Recommendations and Requirements

Home isolation is mandatory if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by order of the State Health Officer. (If you are awaiting results of routine testing not related to exposure, you may return to work and follow the safety guidance of your employer.)

Quarantine is mandatory if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
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Businesses and Community

State and Civil

Gatherings and Events

Governor's Executive Orders

Prevention for Individuals

Practice Social Distancing

The more you are apart from others, the more you are protected from COVID-19 transmission. The virus spreads easily between those eating together, talking together, or attending events.

Wear a Mask or Face Covering

Combined with social distancing, face coverings are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 transmission to others and to yourself. Face covering is especially important when a distance of at least 6 feet cannot easily be maintained between persons.

Masks required in schools statewide: The Governor has ordered masks to be worn outdoors on school grounds and inside school buildings statewide at all times until January 15, 2021. See the Governor's executive order 1535 for details.

Masks required indoors for selected counties: The Governor has ordered masks to be worn indoors in all businesses and places open to the public until January 15, 2021 for residents of the following counties: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, De Soto, Forrest, Franklin, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Itawamba, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Stone, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo. See the Governor's executive order 1536 for details.

Practice Protective Hygiene

Be Tested If You Are Sick or May Have Been Exposed

Free COVID-19 testing and testing from local healthcare providers is now widely available.

Families, Women and Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer specialized recommendations for:

Older Adults and People at High Risk

People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are adults 65 and over, those who are obese, those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, and anyone receiving treatments which may compromise their immune system. These people should take precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill:

Prevention in the Community

Schools, businesses, events and other places that people gather should take steps to prevent or limit the spread of viral illness.

Social Gatherings and Events

MSDH urgently recommends that all residents of Mississippi avoid any social gathering that includes individuals outside of the immediate family or household. MSDH recommends that Mississippians only participate in work, school or other absolutely essential activities, and avoid gatherings such as social events, sporting events, in-person church services, and weddings and funerals unless they involve only close family (preferably outdoors).

The Governor has ordered the following statewide restrictions on gatherings:

See the Governor's executive order 1535 for details and restrictions on additional venues.

State Agencies

Businesses and Workplaces

Workplaces should be mindful of providing strong hygiene support and facilitating social distancing for the safety of their employees and patrons. Employees who are sick should stay at home, and employees should be checked daily for COVID-19 symptoms.

See Governor's order 1535 for details and other businesses affected.

Restaurants and bars

Report a restaurant that is not following COVID-19 safety orders: E-mail the details to food@msdh.ms.gov

Long-Term Care Facilities

Visitation to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities is now highly restricted in order to protect residents.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

The Mississippi State Department of Health has created guidelines to assist school administrators in re-opening decisions during COVID-19 and in addressing cases, exposure and quarantine.

School Events (K-12)

Organized extracurricular school events (including sports events, music and theater performances and others) for kindergarten through grade 12 are subject to these restrictions:

Youth Sports

Child Care Facilities

The Mississippi State Department of Health has not recommended closing child care facilities at this time.

Child care faculties choosing to remain open should be mindful of hygiene and disinfection practices specific to schools and daycares:

Church and Worship Services

Like any gathering, church services have the potential to spread COVID-19 infection if they are not resumed with suitable precautions. Guidelines have now been issued to help churches offer in-person services while minimizing the risk of disease transmission.

Funeral Homes and Mortuaries

MSDH has specific guidance for services of this type.

Correctional and Detention Facilities

Other Community Guidance

The CDC offers prevention, response and re-opening guidance for:

The CDC has guidance for cleaning rooms and buildings visited by those who have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Travel Planning

General Information

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. Like the flu, COVID-19 spreads person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. COVID-19 may also spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus.

Links referenced
View full size video »    https://vimeo.com/412532260
Safety measures to take »    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22245,420,878,html
order of the State Health Officer    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,10668,386,pdf/COVID-19_SHO_Isolation_Order.pdf
return to work    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22051,420,874,html
COVID-19 Vaccinations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,976,html
State agencies    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8653,420,pdf/State_agency_COVID-19_guidelines.pdf
Correctional and detention facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,11003,420,pdf/c19_Correctional_Facilty_Guidelines.pdf
Quick guide to COVID-19 executive orders and whom they affect    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9924,420,pdf/Executive_Orders_Summarized.pdf
All executive orders    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
Making, wearing and cleaning your own cloth mask    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
executive order 1535    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
executive order 1536    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
More proper handwashing tips »    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,330,html
More about preventing the spread of disease    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
local    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,21912,420,874,html
free    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22406,420,874,html
Learn more »    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22051,420,874,html
Local testing providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,21912,420,874,html
Free drive-through testing at county health departments    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22406,420,874,html
Home and family    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-family.html
Pregnancy and breastfeeding    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22189,420,878,html
Children    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html
Full recommendations from the CDC for people at high risk    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
executive order 1535    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
MSDH Guidelines for State Agencies During COVID-19    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8653,420,pdf/State_agency_COVID-19_guidelines.pdf
Governor's order 1535    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
CDC questions and answers on COVID-19 and safety in the workplace    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html
CDC guidance for grocery and retail food workers    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/grocery-food-retail-workers.html
CDC Guidance for health protection in workplaces    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
OSHA information on COVID-19 in the workplace    https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
1535    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
COVID-19 Prevention and Response in Mississippi Long-Term Care Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10151,420,pdf/COVID-19_LTCF_Guidance.pdf
Interpreting Antigen Test Results in Nursing Homes    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,11390,420,pdf/Antigen_Tests_and_Nursing_Homes.pdf
Nursing Home Re-Opening Guidelines and Guidelines for Limited Outdoor Visitation    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10247,420,pdf/Nursing_home_opening.pdf
Re-opening Guidance for Licensed Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10246,420,pdf/PCH%2C_AL_COVID-19_Guidance.pdf
Guidelines For Visitation at Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10248,420,pdf/ICF-IID_COVID-19_Guidance.pdf
MSDH COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine and Outbreak Guidelines for Colleges and Universities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,10472,420,pdf/14,10472,420,pdf/CollegeCOVIDOutbreakGuide.pdf
MSDH Guidance for K-12 Schools During COVID-19    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9917,420,pdf/MSDH_Guidance_for_K-12_Schools.pdf
Governors' order 1525    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
Guidance for School Re-entry from the American Academy of Pediatrics    https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/
CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare Administrators    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
Full details: Governor's order 1535    https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/Pages/Executive-Orders.aspx
MSDH Guidelines for Childcare Facilities During COVID-19    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,10382,183,pdf/cc_c19_guidelines.pdf
Sample forms for childcare providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,183,225,html
MSDH Guidelines for Summer Camps and Overnight Camps During COVID-19    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8662.pdf
CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare Administrators    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
CDC Guidance for School and Childcare Settings    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/
MSDH holiday guidance for religious services    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,12034,420,pdf/COVID-19_Faith_Services_Guidelines.pdf
Governor's guidelines for resuming in-person worship services    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Safe-Worship-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf
MSDH Guidance for Funeral Homes and Mortuaries    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8559,420,pdf/FuneralHomes_COVID19_guidance.pdf
MSDH COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine, Cohorting and Outbreak Guidelines for Correctional and Detention Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,11003,420,pdf/c19_Correctional_Facilty_Guidelines.pdf
Colleges and universities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html
First responders    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/first-responders.html
Households    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
Homeless shelters    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/
People experiencing homelessness    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/index.html
Event organizers    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/
Gatherings and community events    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
Community and faith-based organizations    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/
Businesses and workplaces    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
Parks and recreational facilities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/index.html
re-opening swimming pools and aquatic facilities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html
Retirement communities and independent living    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/index.html
School and childcare settings    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/
Shared and congregate housing    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/shared-congregate-house/index.html
Transportation and delivery    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/transportation/index.html
Tribal Communities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/tribal/index.html
Healthcare facilities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/
Schools and childcare administrators    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
Flyer: Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission (CDC)    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf
Cleaning and disinfection recommendations for schools, offices and other non-healthcare facilities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
Information for travelers from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
U.S. Travel Planning: COVID-19 restrictions and guidance at your destination    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/
Current COVID-19 Cases in Mississippi    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,html
Questions and Answers about Coronavirus COVID-19    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Full COVID-19 information from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/covid-19/
Handouts: Basic disease prevention, handwashing and more    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,334,html
Spanish and Vietnamese materials    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,868,html

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