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16 Individuals Test Positive for COVID-19

UM and MSDH are conducting contact tracing, will communicate with those who may have been in close contact.

UPDATE: After receiving additional test results, this campus message has been updated below to reflect the most up-to-date case information.

The welfare and safety of our University of Mississippi community during this time is our primary concern. We are writing to inform you of recent developments on campus relating to COVID-19.

The university received notification today (Aug. 19, 2020) that 15 student-athletes and one employee tested positive for COVID-19, which constitutes an outbreak of cases on campus per the Mississippi State Department of Health’s guidelines. These individuals were tested earlier this week as part of a mass screening for student-athletes returning to campus and were instructed to quarantine until test results were received. Eleven of the 15 student-athletes are members of the same team. 

Per MSDH guidance, these individuals will be isolated immediately to prevent the spread of the virus. UM and MSDH are conducting contact tracing and will communicate with those who may have been in close contact with these individuals.

We take this opportunity to remind our community of important information regarding COVID-19. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, we are requesting your immediate attention to and compliance with the following health-authority-recommended practices – not only to ensure your own well-being, but the well-being of others:

  • Engage in social distancing of six or more feet.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Stay home when ill or if other family members are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).

Ongoing updates regarding UM’s response to COVID-19 will be posted on For further information, please visit