COVID-19 Protocols Guide

Updated: 1/7/22

What’s New in the Guidelines

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and with guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health, Delta State has adopted the following guidelines as it relates to safety for all members of our community.

1. We want to maintain the academic mission of Delta State University while keeping our community safe.

Delta State University’s policies, procedures, and protocols for responding to the pandemic of COVID19 and its variants are rooted in the safety of our students, staff, and faculty, and of the public with whom we interact. In doing so, the University will be fully operational as planned for the opening of the Spring semester on January 10. All classes scheduled to meet inperson will meet as planned. Additionally, all programming opportunities at the University will continue as planned including athletic events.

2. Isolation & Quarantine time lines will be adjusted to reflect CDC & Mississippi Health Leader guidance.

The recommendations from the CDC will reduce quarantine/isolation times allowing students and employees to return to normal activities faster, with more stringent mask requirements.

3. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

While not mandatory, the University highly encourages all members of the Delta State community to get a COVID-19 vaccination and appropriate booster/third dosage. Students and employees of Delta State can request a vaccination through the O.W. Reily Student Health Services on campus by emailing healthservices@deltastate.edu. Additionally, persons who receive the vaccination will not face more stringent protocols related to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19.

4. Masks are still required of everyone for indoor activities, including all classrooms.

Regardless of vaccination status, all persons must properly wear a face covering indoors except when alone in a personal space or assigned residence hall room. This especially applies to classrooms and other indoor meetings and events.

5. While all services will be operational for the University community, some services will be restricted to the greater public.

Wyatt Gym and the Young-Mauldin Cafeteria will be limited to the University community only. This limitation is being done to limit the potential spread to our community from any outside individuals. This will be reviewed and reassessed on or before February 4, 2022.

Questions? Call (662) 846-4690 or email Kashanta Jackson at kjackson@deltastate.edu