COVID-19 Exposure and Contact FAQ

Continue with your normal activities but monitor for symptoms. As long as you are fully vaccinated and remain symptom-free, there is no need for you to quarantine.

A close contact is defined by the CDC as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset.

If you have not been vaccinated and believe you have been exposed, stay home and contact Longest Student Health Center (LSHC) by phone. LSHC will help you determine if a close contact has occurred and what actions should be taken. Do not arrive at the clinic without calling first.

Notify Longest Student Health Center (LSHC) and follow instructions they provide regarding when you may return to campus.  We understand that local health care providers may provide you with timelines to self-isolate that differ from those provided to you by LSHC.  You may not return to work until cleared to do so by LSHC regardless of the directions given to you by outside health care providers.

Follow LSHC instructions for self-isolation from a positive result. Report any problems to LSHC.  At a minimum, an employee who tests positive will have to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic, from the date of the test.  An employee must be symptom free for at least the last 24 hours of the self-isolation to return to campus.

Unless the family member is showing symptoms or has tested positive, the employee may continue with their usual activities. Continue to monitor symptoms and notify the Health Center at 662-325-2055 if anything changes.

Employee should contact the Health Center at 662-325-2055 for further guidance.

Contact the COVID Hotline at the Longest Student Health Center with any questions or concerns by calling 662-325-2055.

*According to the CDC, a Close Contact is defined as:

a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for at least 15 minutes; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case

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b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)

Contact tracing is a process used to determine if other individuals may have come in close contact with someone who is COVID-positive and would need to be notified. This determination should only be done by officials in Longest Student Health Center or at the Mississippi State Department of Health.