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Guidance and Prevention
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.
For more information about mask usage, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, found here, for which masks are preferred, how to wear them properly and how to clean them.
Advisory from the State Health Officer on social gatherings: Due to rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, all residents of Mississippi should 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).
Click here for precautions and guidance that can help you and the state safer and healthier. This site also provides an updated list of counties with special requirements for masks and social distancing.
Mississippians can be tested for COVID-19 at selected Mississippi State Department of health county health departments, community testing locations, and at the West Street Farmer's Market in Jackson. If you suspect you are have symptoms, call the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (7 days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) at 877-978-6453. Hard of hearing? Dial 711 for assistance. All Mississippians can be tested for COVID-19 free of charge by appointment at regularly scheduled county health department locations. Check here for locations.
Free drive-through testing is offered by the Mississippi State Department of Health in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
Drive-through testing by appointment is available daily at the West Street Farmers Market in Jackson.
Testing is open to all Mississippians, but before visiting a county health department or other testing site, you must first be screened by speaking with a UMMC clinician to determine your likelihood of COVID-19 infection or exposure. This can be done by calling 601-496-7200 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday) or completing the UMMC COVID-19 online patient screening form. If the clinician determines that your likelihood of infection is high, you will receive an appointment for drive-through testing.
Mississippi K-12 public, private and parochial teachers and school staff can be tested by appointment only, regardless of whether they show symptoms or have had close contact with someone positive for the virus, at the West Street Farmers Market in Jackson or at any one-day collection site coordinated by MSDH and UMMC. Testing is Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the West Street Farmers Market, corner of West and Woodrow Wilson Avenue, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at one-day sites.
If you need a free ride to get your COVID-19 vaccine, call one of these organizations:
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Mississippi County Health Departments and Public Health Regions:
The Mississippi County Health Department serves Mississippi County and surrounding communities with various programs which include immunizations, lab services, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program, Show Me Healthy Women, Wise Woman, Family Planning, Registered Dietitians, Environmental Health Services, Safe Cribs, Infant Mortality Initiative with the Voice of Mississippi County, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Prenatal Case Management, STD Services, Communicable Disease Investigation, Birth and Death Certificates, Parentlink Navigator, Southeast Regional Arthritis Center, Walk with Ease, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, Diabetes Center, Diabetes Self Management Program, Period of Purple Crying, Opioid Data to Action, Reducing the Risk and Teen Outreach Program.
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