This page is updated Monday through Friday and contains COVID-19 related information specific to the students, faculty, and staff at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. Information is reported on a one-day lag. Information specific to data collected Friday through Sunday will be updated each Monday. Note: the college will be closed Thanksgiving week.
Cumulative data listed on this page began Thursday, August 24, 2020.
Below are the data for Thursday, November 19, 2020:
Faculty and Staff
|Number of new positive cases:||0||Cumulative total:||3|
|Number of active cases:||1|
|Number of new positive cases:||1||Cumulative total:||57|
|Number of active student cases:||3|
|Number of students currently isolated on campus:||1|
|Number of students currently isolated off campus:||2|
|Number of students currently quarantined on campus:||0|
|Number of students currently quarantined off campus:||4|
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Student Isolation Procedure for Symptomatic and Confirmed Covid-19 Cases
Students who begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who receive positive COVID-19 test results should notify college staff through the COVID-19 notification form and immediately begin following the COVID-19 isolation procedures.
- All students with severe symptoms who are unable to care for themselves must return home or move to hospital care, as determined by the Wesson Health Center.
- Students with mild or asymptomatic cases who cannot leave campus will move to the Goodman House and should not come into direct contact with any other individuals.
- Students will remain in isolation until ALL of the following criteria are met:
- No fever, defined as less than 100 degrees F, for at least three days (that is 72 hours of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, such as Tylenol, Motrin, aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc.); and
- Other respiratory symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath); and
- At least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared or two negative COVID-19 PCR viral tests done at least 24 hours apart.
- Students with mild or asymptomatic cases should immediately return to their primary residence with family and may continue their course of study remotely until no longer contagious and symptomatic (a minimum of two weeks).
Student Quarantine Procedure for Possible COVID-19 Exposure Cases
Students who are concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 should immediately notify campus staff through the COVID-19 notification form. Students who are required to complete a quarantine should return to their primary residence. Students who wish to request an exception must indicate this on the COVID-19 notification form. This option is not granted automatically upon request. It must be approved by the Dean of Students and the Campus Nurse.
Exposure (contact) is identified as the following:
- In the past 48 hours, contact with an individual who was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 that was:
- Within six (6) feet of each other; and
- Lasting more than 15 minutes.
Students will then be expected to remain in their quarantine residence until receiving their test results.
All students who have to be quarantined or isolated on campus:
- receive meals delivered to their quarantine/isolation site
- receive a daily symptom status update call from the nurse at Wesson Health Center
- receive medication if needed
- receive assistance seeing a doctor/using telehealth if needed
- receive guidance on how to be tested if needed
Faculty and staff members who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should refer to the health decision tree and fill out the appropriate form.
Student Guidance Related to Covid-19 Antibody Tests
The CDC currently doesn’t have enough information yet to say whether someone will definitely be immune and protected from reinfection if they have antibodies to the virus. Therefore, COVID-19 antibody test results will not be used in decision making related to quarantine or isolation procedures. More information on this evolving guidance can be found here.