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At Tougaloo College, our campus community's health, well-being, and safety are of the highest priority. Our primary goal is to ensure that employees returning to work and students returning to in-person classes will do so in a healthy and safe environment while remaining productive during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Students living on campus at Tougaloo College will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine before moving into the residence halls for the Fall 2021 semester. While employees are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, it is highly encouraged. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 
  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine 

If you don't meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions against COVID-19 until you are fully vaccinated. 

In preparation for employees and students returning safely, we will continue to implement campus-wide safety measures in adherence to pertinent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MS State Department of Health (MSDH) guidance, as required by the State of Mississippi.

Our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 are evolving. As such, the College will update the campus-wide safety guidance as more informed public health information and data become available to effectively and efficiently reduce/prevent virus transmission among employees and students and maintain healthy business operations and working and learning environment. The outlined safety measures are intended to guide departments/divisions to return employees, and students safely Fall 2021, with the understanding that any significant, adverse change in COVID-19 transmission and mortality rate within the state may result in a substantial and abrupt shift in College guidance and requirements.

For more information regarding about our Comprehensive Return to Campus Plan, click here.



COVID-19:

This information is designed to keep the Tougaloo College campus community aware of the latest reports of COVID-19 cases and numbers in quarantine. The number of positive cases reported includes students and employees testing positive, who have physically been on our campus and in the buildings any time within 48 hours of testing positive for COVID-19. Each time that the Owens Health and Wellness Center receives a positive test report, contact tracing is conducted and affected individuals are notified and provided quarantine procedures. For additional information on quarantine/isolation procedures, please see the Tougaloo College Quarantine/Isolation Protocol provided to you by campus email or contact the Owens Health and Wellness Center at 601-977-7797.

Active On-Campus Isolations: 0

*Active on-campus isolation numbers reflect those who reported positive COVID-19 test results during the specific time period.

* Active on-campus quarantine numbers reflect those who are in quarantine during the specified time period as a result of close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19: Where Can I Get Tested?

You may choose to get tested by your private health provider, various health care agenices (where advertised), the Tougaloo College Campus Clinic (Central MS Health Services), or a MS State Department of Health (MSDH) county health department. Call 601-957-6776 to schedule a drive-thru appointment at the Campus Clinic. Remember to ask about no-cost or reduced-cost testing resources, if you are uninsured, and whether testing is covered by any health insurance you may have. Testing is not free through this option. 

Testing for college and university students and employees is free at the MSDH county health departments throughout the state. Please, access the Scheduled Locations for Free Drive-through COVID-19 Testing and testing protocol on the MSDH website by clicking HERE or copy and paste this link https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,22406,420,874.html in the address bar of your web browser.
OHWC Campus and Community Health Assessment
Please, complete the TC OHWC Campus and Community Assessment. By completing this assessment, you will assist us in better gauging the overall health and needs of the students, employees, and community members that we serve. Your responses will also help us to customize health education opportunities, formalize strategic partnerships, and build innovative funding streams that will lead to healthy outcomes for students, employees, and community. Click on this link TC OHWC Campus and Community Assessment to complete the survey and to support our “Healthy Loo & You.”

Seasonal Safety Guidance

As we move into the fall and winter months with impending seasonal traditions at the forefront of our minds – for many of us who are eager for a semblance of normalcy – be mindful of the ways in which we should modify some of our traditions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Please, review the Tougaloo College COVID-19 Task Force – Seasonal Safety Guidance, below. Contact the OHWC at 601-977-7797 with any general health and wellness and/or COVID-19 concerns or questions.