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Keeping you and your loved ones safe

At UMMC, we understand how vitally important it is that our patients, visitors, and loved ones feel safe here. We share that concern, and are taking extra steps to protect everyone who enters any of our facilities.

Whether you are coming to the hospital or one of our clinics, rest assured the following strict safety measures are in place to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We will:

  • Continue the emphasis on hand hygiene and other infection prevention measures
  • Routinely screen health care workers and require any with symptoms to isolate away from work
  • Require all employees to wear masks
  • Maintain current policies restricting number of visitors in hospital areas
  • Require patients and visitors to wear masks and screen them for symptoms and exposure to COVID-19
  • Test patients prior to surgeries and select procedures (We do all COVID-19 testing in the UMMC laboratory allowing for quicker turnaround times.)
  • Keep COVID-19 patients separate from non-COVID-19 patients
  • Reconfigure waiting rooms and public spaces to adhere to social distancing practices
  • Frequently clean and sanitize common-use areas for the safety of patients, visitors and the care staff
  • In some ambulatory settings, allow patients and visitors to wait in their cars until called for their appointments
  • Offer telehealth options for care, particularly for patients at high risk
  • Offer drive-through laboratory testing options

As Mississippi’s only academic medical center, UMMC has always played an important role in the effort to create a healthier Mississippi. That remains true during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we are committed to forging a new era in health care that builds on the innovation and leadership we have harnessed in the fight against COVID-19.

Temporary Visitor Restrictions

To protect everyone who enters our hospitals, we have temporarily changed our visitor policy. See the policy.

Free Screening and Testing

For free UMMC COVID-19 screening:

  • Call 601-496-7200 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday), or
  • Complete the online form at

Learn how to be screened.