Mississippi State Department of Health

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

Vaccination Against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to anyone aged 16 and older who lives or works in Mississippi. Vaccination is strongly recommended, especially for those 65 and older, or anyone with a serious chronic medical condition.

Preventing COVID-19: Recommendations and Requirements


Businesses and Community

State and Civil

Gatherings and Events

Governor's Executive Orders

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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Prevention for Individuals

Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Vaccination offers excellent protection against illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. All persons aged 16 or older who live or work in Mississippi are eligible for vaccination.

All persons 65 and older, and anyone 16 or older with a serious chronic medical condition are urged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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.

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:

Adults 65 and Older, and 16-64 with Medical Conditions

Vaccination advisory: All Mississippi residents aged 65 or older, or 16 and older with serious chronic medical conditions, should avoid all social gatherings outside of the household or any in-person mass gathering, including religious ceremonies, or sporting events, until fully protected by an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccine effectiveness occurs two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and 28 days after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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

COVID-19 spreads easily when people gather in groups with those outside their household. Remember, you can infect others even if you do not feel sick yourself.

The Governor has ordered the following statewide restrictions on gatherings:

See a summary of the Governor's orders for details and restrictions on additional venues.

State Agencies

Businesses and Workplaces

Restaurants and bars

Long-Term Care Facilities

Residents in long-term care facilities such nursing homes and assisted living facilities are at high risk from COVID-19, and the virus can spread quickly in these environments.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

All persons must wear a mask or cloth face covering inside K-12 school buildings or outdoors on school grounds when at least six feet of distance from those not in your household cannot be maintained. Governor's order 1549 »

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:

Faith-Based Gatherings and Worship Services

Like any gathering, worship services have the potential to spread COVID-19 infection if they are not resumed with suitable precautions. Guidelines have now been issued to help faith institutions 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
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 from the Governor    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
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
More about finding a vaccination and making an appointment    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,976,html
Making, wearing and cleaning your own cloth mask    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
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
Make a vaccination appointment    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,976,html
More about high-risk groups from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/
summary of the Governor's orders    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/9924.pdf
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
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/
Guidelines for Visitation in Nursing Homes (CMS)    https://www.cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and-memos-states-and/nursing-home-visitation-covid-19-revised
Overview of revised guidelines    https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cms-updates-nursing-home-guidance-revised-visitation-recommendations
Visitation, testing and staff guidance for all facility types (CDC)    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-after-vaccination.html
MSDH Prevention and Response Guidelines for 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 Long-Term Care Facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,11390,420,pdf/Antigen_Tests_LTCF.pdf
Governor's order 1549 »    https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/executiveorders/ExecutiveOrders/1549.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
Indoor arena restrictions (Governor's order 1550)    https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/executiveorders/ExecutiveOrders/1550.pdf
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 1550    https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/executiveorders/ExecutiveOrders/1550.pdf
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 guidance for faith-based gatherings and worship services    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,13427,420,pdf/Worship_Guidelines_2021.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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