Wednesday 24 November 2021 COVID-19 Updates

Please note that November 30 is the last scheduled vaccine clinic on campus. Vaccines are widely available. Those who still need one or more doses can drop in at: University Health Services weekdays between 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when the university is open for vaccination. There is also a list of local vaccine clinics on it UM . vaccination webpage.
To meet January 4 deadline to submit a vaccination record, teachers, staff and student staff must receive the vaccine doses on these dates:
  • Moderna: first dose before December 6, second dose before January 3.
  • Pfizer: first dose by December 13, second dose by January 3.
  • Johnson & Johnson: single dose before January 3.

COVID-19 testing on campus

After the Thanksgiving holiday, the university will continue to offer FREE COVID-19 testing for symptomatic or asymptomatic students, faculty and staff at the University-Oxford Depot on campus. Tests are offered from Monday to Friday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
View more details here. To schedule your test:
  1. Text “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR click this link: http://86borders.com/l/68415e8f
  2. Fill in the intake form for testing
  3. You will receive a confirmation # to present at the test location
  4. Show up any day, any time during that week’s testing hours (with your university-affiliated ID).

fighting the flu

Public health officials are urging everyone to be alert to the rising number of flu cases as we enter the holiday season. On campus, the University Health Service is experiencing an increase in patients with flu-like symptoms. The CDC recommends the following to help fight the flu::
  • An annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months or older should get an annual flu vaccine. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Get vaccinated.
  • Take preventive measures every day to prevent the spread of flu viruses. Avoid close contact with sick people; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; cover your cough; sneeze into the crook of your elbow (instead of your hands); and wash your hands often (with soap and water).
  • Take antivirals if your doctor prescribes them. Antiviral medicines can be used to treat the flu and can make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.
Watch this video for more information and how to fight the flu. Lecturers, staff and students can get a flu shot at the University Health Center on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Preparing for the holidays

During the Thanksgiving holiday season, take extra precautions, especially if you’re hosting events and/or traveling:

  • Stay away from those who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home to avoid contact with others and do not go to school, work, meetings or events.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, cutlery, drinks, lipstick or other items with others.
  • If you’re hosting events, remind people to stay home if they’re sick or have COVID-19-related symptoms. If you or others are not feeling well, cancel the meeting or do not attend the meeting.
  • Consider taking a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after a meeting and encourage your guests to do the same.
  • Do not travel if you have been exposed to COVID-19, are ill or test positive for COVID-19.
Recommended FAQs: Does Mississippi Have Certificates of COVID-19 Vaccination? Mississippi Certificates of COVID-19 Vaccination are now available electronically through MyIR. MyIR is a free, convenient service for viewing and printing all your family’s vaccination records, including COVID-19 vaccination. All details: https://msdh.ms.gov/myIR

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COVID-19 data

  • MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi (as of November 22):
    • 265 new cases, 13 new deaths and 21 outbreaks from long-term care facilities.
  • Mississippi vaccination report (from November 23):
    • 3,180,453 total doses administered; 1,593,926 people who receive at least one dose; and 1,401,862 people fully vaccinated.
    • Lafayette County: 62,676 total doses administered; 27,614 people fully vaccinated, 51% of the total population fully vaccinated.

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