ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall 2021 COVID-19 Protocols for the Residence Halls

We want you prepared to live on campus this fall. Students living in our residence halls should come to campus with a plan for where you will stay if you need to isolate or quarantine. You will not be allowed to isolate/quarantine in your residence hall room.

What Should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or am a Close Contact?

Test positive for COVID-19:

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from the date of the test (whichever came first). You cannot isolate in your residence hall room. You must vacate your residence hall and go home or to another off-campus location during the isolation period. MSU has a very limited number of isolation spaces for students living in residence halls with extraordinarily extenuating circumstances. As a result, students living in our residence halls should come to campus with a plan for where they will stay if they need to isolate or quarantine.

If you were tested off-campus, you must report your positive test result to the Longest Student Health Center by calling the COVID-19 Hotline (662-325-2055).

Close contact:

If you are a close contact and have not been vaccinated, you must contact the COVID-19 Hotline to discuss quarantine and testing. If you are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact, you are required to quarantine for the time specified by the Longest Student Health Center. You cannot quarantine in your residence hall room. You must vacate your residence hall and go home or to another off-campus location during the quarantine period. As a result, students living in our residence halls should come to campus with a plan for where they will stay if they need to isolate or quarantine.

If you are in close contact status and you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine if you remain symptom-free.


Outbreaks

The Mississippi Department of Health requires that we monitor for COVID-19 outbreaks within our residence halls. An outbreak is defined by MSDH as 10% of a wing/floor of a building who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In the event of an outbreak, students on that wing/floor who are unvaccinated must quarantine or be tested for COVID-19.  If the test is negative, you may stay in the residence hall. If positive, you will be required to isolate per the instructions above.


Mask Expectations

Masks are required to always be worn in residence halls except in your individual room. This includes hallways, restrooms, and common spaces within your building. We strongly encourage you to limit the number of people in your room at any given time, and if you have guests, that you remain masked to limit your possible exposure to COVID-19. This is in effect immediately and includes during the move-in process.

We hope that the mask requirement will be lifted soon. The best way to accomplish this is to get your vaccine, wear your mask, and help us keep our number of COVID cases low.

Please contact us at 662.325.3555 or housing@saffairs.msstate.edu if you have any questions!

We look forward to your arrival HOME! Please keep safe, and as always, Hail State!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dei Allard, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Department of Housing and Residence Life

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