Mississippi State Department of Health

Individuals, communities and organizations are essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi. The precautions and guidances here can keep you and the state safer and healthier.


Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (available 24/7): 877-978-6453

Note: Testing for COVID-19 is not performed at county health departments. Please contact your physician or a healthcare provider.

General Information

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. Like the flu, COVID-19 is thought to spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission may include touching surfaces contaminated by the virus.

Local Testing Providers

Local healthcare providers are now providing sampling and test services at locations across the state for those with COVID-19 symptoms.

Prevention and Preparedness

For Individuals

Protect others:

Protect yourself away from home

Practice protective hygiene

Families, Women and Children

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

For Older Adults and People at High Risk

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

If COVID-19 begins to spread locally, you should stay home as much as possible. Having a supply of important medications and basic supplies can help.

For Long-Term Care Facilities

Social Gatherings and Events

Everyone attending essential events and gatherings should take extra precautions at this time, including:

Event organizers: MSDH recommends that communities and organizations contact us at 877-978-6453 to determine whether cancelation is warranted, or appropriate preventive steps for your event.

In the Community

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


The Mississippi Department of Education has issued COVID-19 guidelines for Mississippi schools:

Child care facilities

Unlike older adults, young children are at low risk from COVID-19. 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:

Businesses and workplaces

Workplaces where more than 10 people work in close contact should be mindful of providing strong hygiene support and facilitating social distancing for the safety of its employees and patrons should they choose to remain open.

The Mississippi State Department of Health now recommends that all restaurants and bars suspend dine-in service for the foreseeable future and restrict their operations to carryout or delivery only.

Other community guidance

The CDC offers preparation and prevention guidance for:

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

Information for Travelers

Travelers Overseas: The CDC has issued Travel Warnings recommending the postponement or avoidance to countries where COVID-19 is being actively transmitted. The U.S. Department of State has also issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory to China.

Travelers returning to the U.S.: Steps to protect health are being taken nationally for travelers returning from parts of the world affected by COVID-19, including health screenings on entry into the U.S..

Links referenced
Current COVID-19 Cases in Mississippi    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,420,html
Questions and Answers for Mississippians About COVID-19    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8438,420,pdf/Coronavirus_QA.pdf
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
View local testing providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,21912,420,874,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
Home and Family    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-family.html
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.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
CDC recommendation and resources for community events    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
Department of Education COVID-19 Guidelines    https://www.mdek12.org/COVID19
CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare Administrators    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
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/
CDC Guidance for health protection in workplaces    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
Businesses and employers    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
Colleges and universities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html
Community and faith-based organizations    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/
Event organizers    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/
First responders    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/first-responders.html
Healthcare facilities    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/
Homeless shelters    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/
Households    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
Schools and childcare administrators    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
School and childcare settings    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/
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
CDC Guidance for Travelers    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
State Department Travel Advisories    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html
Full information for returning travelers    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-china.html

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