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

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 for Individuals

New social distancing and safety requirements began June 1st. Read a summary »

The precautions and requirements below have been determined by the State Health Officer or ordered by the Governor.

Protect Others:

Wear a mask in public places

All Mississippi residents should wear non-medical grade masks or homemade cloth face coverings when shopping, running errands, or otherwise away from home. Face covering is especially important when a distance of at least 6 feet cannot easily be maintained between persons. This recommendation does not include manufactured (surgical) or N95 masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Protect Yourself

Practice Protective Hygiene

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

New social distancing and safety requirements began June 1st. Read a summary »

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

Long-Term Care Facilities

Social Gatherings and Events

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

Special notice: Social gatherings are limited to 10 indoors and 20 outdoors for residents of Holmes, Neshoba, Jasper, Lauderdale and Wayne counties are required to wear face covering in all public places and businesses by Governor's order #1493

Church 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.


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

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:

Youth Sports

  • All participants must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Concessions must remain closed
  • 100 person maximum per field, including fans
  • Limit of 2 fans per player
  • Fans outside of family group must maintain 6 feet of separation
  • Bleachers shall be closed to fans
  • 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. Employees who are sick should stay at home, and employees should be checked daily for COVID-19 symptoms.

    Restaurants and bars

    Funeral homes and mortuaries

    MSDH has specific guidance for services of this type.

    State Agencies

    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.

    Information for Travelers

    The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including cruise travel) to all global destinations due to the global pandemic and widespread transmission of COVID-19. All travelers returning from international travel are advised to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning home.

    You may be contacted by the Mississippi State Department of Health if you have returned from traveling to an area with restrictions on entry to the US, traveled on a cruise, or traveled on a flight or ship with a confirmed COVID-19 case. We'll provide instructions on protective steps to take, including isolation at home.

    Links referenced
    View full size video »    https://vimeo.com/412532260
    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
    executive orders    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/covid-19/
    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
    Governor's order #1492 for safely resuming business and community activities    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Executive-Order-1492-Safer-Return.pdf
    All COVID-19 orders    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/covid-19/
    Learn more »    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22051,420,874,html
    Governor's order #1493    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Executive-Order-1493-County-Specific.pdf
    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
    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
    Governor's order #1493    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Executive-Order-1493-County-Specific.pdf
    Governor's guidelines for resuming in-person worship services    https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/safe-worship-guidelines-1589917466.pdf
    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/
    Full information (Governor's order #1492)    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Executive-Order-1492-Safer-Return.pdf
    Full requirements and measures for re-opening businesses: Governor's order #1492    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Executive-Order-1492-Safer-Return.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/
    Governors' order #1478: Re-opening restaurants    https://governorreeves.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/Executive-Order-1478-.pdf
    MSDH Guidance for Funeral Homes and Mortuaries    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8559,420,pdf/FuneralHomes_COVID19_guidance.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
    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
    More information for travelers from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/

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