Recommendations for Universal Masks for Healthcare Professionals
Given the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, and the increased risk of exposure to healthcare professionals and patients, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recommends that healthcare workers wear masks throughout the workday. N95 or KN95 masks should not be used routinely but preserved for those caring directly for patients with COVID-19 or those suspected of having COVID-19. This recommendation applies to healthcare professionals working in patient care areas, even when they are not in a patient-facing role. Healthcare professionals included in this recommendation are all paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings with the potential for either direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, contaminated medical supplies or contaminated environmental surfaces.
Please realize masks should be used in addition to (not instead of) continuing proper distancing and proper hand hygiene.
Proper hand hygiene should be performed after donning and doffing the mask. Masks should be replaced when they become soiled, moist or damaged. Masks can be replaced at various time points as directed by your healthcare institution, following hygienic principles. If surgical masks are not readily available due to restrictions in supply, masks of similar quality produced by local industry or homemade cloth masks can be used as directed by your institution. Cloth masks should be laundered at home daily in hot water and dried with high heat. See CDC guidelines for cloth masks ».
When caring for patients with possible COVID-19 symptoms, MSDH still recommends a minimum complement of a surgical mask, eye protection and gloves. When caring for patients with known COVID-19 we strongly recommend strict compliance with CDC infection control guidance »
Testing for COVID-19 is not performed at county health departments. Please contact your physician or a healthcare provider.
MSDH is transitioning away from faxed reporting of COVID-19 positives to a new online reporting system. You must register for the new NBS reporting system, even if you have already been reporting cases online.
The Dr. F.E.”ED” Thompson, Jr. Public Health Laboratory Facility is on the State Department of Health's central office campus in Jackson, MS at 350 East Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, 39216.
Local Delivery of Samples: Drop samples off at the rear of the Thompson lab building. Detailed instructions are in our sample shipping guidance.
Dropoff hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00–4:30.
|Report a COVID-19 case via NBS (existing NBS users only)||https://msnbs.inductivehealth.com/|
|See CDC guidelines for cloth masks »||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html|
|CDC infection control guidance »||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html|
|Guidance for Discontinuation of Isolation and Transmission-Based Precautions in Patients with COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8632,420,pdf/Discontinuation_of_Isolation.pdf|
|Discharge Guidance for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8600,420,pdf/COVID-19_discharge.pdf|
|CDC Guidance for Healthcare Personnel with Potential COVID-19 Exposure||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html|
|Handout: What to Do After You Have Been Tested for COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9916,420,pdf/HCP_C19_After_Your_Test.pdf|
|Handout: Home Isolation for Individuals with COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9915,420,pdf/HCP_C19_self_isolate.pdf|
|Handout: Instructions for Individuals with COVID-19 Exposure (Self-Quarantine)||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9914,420,pdf/HCP_C19_Quarantine_Instructions.pdf|
|What to Do After You Have Been Tested for COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9916,420,pdf/HCP_C19_After_Your_Test.pdf|
|Home Isolation for Individuals with COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9915,420,pdf/HCP_C19_self_isolate.pdf|
|Instructions for Individuals with COVID-19 Exposure (Self-Quarantine)||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,9914,420,pdf/HCP_C19_Quarantine_Instructions.pdf|
|COVID-19 Specimen Collection||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8501,420,pdf/COVID-19_Specimen_Collection.pdf|
|COVID-19 Lab Requisition Form||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8500,420,pdf/COVID-19_Laboratory_Requisition.pdf|
|COVID-19 Refrigerated Specimen Packaging||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8499,420,pdf/COVID-19_Refrigerated_Specimen_Packaging.pdf|
|COVID-19 Frozen Specimen Packaging||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8498,420,pdf/COVID-19_Frozen_Specimen_Packaging.pdf|
|COVID-19 Specimen Transport and Delivery||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8497,420,pdf/COVID-19_Specimen_Transport.pdf|
|COVID-19 Specimen Reporting||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8496,420,pdf/COVID-19_Specimen_Reporting.pdf|
|MPHL Fax Reporting Agreement||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8495,420,pdf/MPHL_Fax_Reporting_Agreement.pdf|
|Register an account now||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,15382,194,html|
|Case reporting and user guide||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,194,html|
|Submit a COVID-19 report online||https://apps.msdh.ms.gov/epitracks/|
|MSDH online reporting user guide||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,5816,194,pdf/EpiTracksUserGuide.pdf|
|Updated guidelines for submitting COVID-19 reports to MSDH||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/8677.pdf|
|Workflow: Clinician Guide for Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8479,420,pdf/COVID-19ClinicianWorkflow.pdf|
|Decision Diagram for Clinical Coding of COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8487,420,pdf/Latorre_flowchart_coding_covid-19.pdf|
|Long-term care facility guidance documents||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,21866,420,html|
|Death Reporting Q & A for Medical Examiners, Coroners and Physicians||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,22075,420,694,html|
|CDC Guidance on Certifying COVID-19 Deaths||https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/vsrg/vsrg03-508.pdf|
|MSDH Guidance for Funeral Homes and Mortuaries||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,8559,420,pdf/FuneralHomes_COVID19_guidance.pdf|
|How to get a Mississippi death certificate||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,109,809,html|
|Mississippi Health Alert Network messages related to COVID-19||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,21697,420,694,html|
|Home Care Guidance||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-home-care.html|
|Discontinuation of Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html|
|Healthcare Infection Control Guidance||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html|
|Clinical Care Guidance||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html|
|Healthcare Personnel with Potential COVID-19 Exposure Guidance||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html|
|Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Guidance||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/inpatient-obstetric-healthcare-guidance.html|
|Guidance for EMS||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-for-ems.html|
|Evaluating PUIs and Asymptomatic Close Contacts of Confirmed Cases||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/guidance-evaluating-pui.html|
|Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased PUI||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-postmortem-specimens.html|
|Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI)||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html|
|Strategies for optimizing the supply of N95 respirators||https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-supply-strategies.html|
|Guidance for extended use of N95 respirators in healthcare settings||https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/recommendedguidanceextuse.html|
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