Coronavirus Update: March 10, 2020

Jackson University is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Jackson State has no known cases of the coronavirus. Campus leaders are in regular communication with the Mississippi State Department of Health and other health officials about ways to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about the coronavirus disease 2019, visit these following webpages, among others:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus, according to the CDC. It recommends the following everyday preventative actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the state hotline at (877) 978-6453.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or a fever, seek medical care through your regular provider or contact the University Health Center.


Students should notify professors of their illness and subsequent absence via email or phone; if you live on campus, immediately notify Housing & Residence Life at (662) 846-4151.

Employees should notify their immediate supervisor and self-quarantine during their illness. DO NOT REPORT TO WORK WHILE SICK.