State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs issued a statewide order Tuesday for the Isolation of Individuals Diagnosed with COVID-19 effective immediately.

The Order, issued to everyone living in Mississippi, stipulates that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home.

“We have a lot of COVID activity throughout the state right now,  so it is absolutely critical that anyone infected with COVID-19, and not hospitalized, must remain in the home or other appropriate residential location for 14 days from onset of illness (or from the date of a positive test for those who are asymptomatic),” Dobbs said.

The failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is, at a minimum, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500.00 or imprisonment for six months or both. If a life-threatening disease is involved, failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.00 or imprisonment for up to five years or both. 

Persons infected with COVID-19 should limit exposure to household contacts. No visitors should be allowed in the home.  Infected persons are urged to stay in a specific room away from others in their home, use a separate bathroom if available and wear a mask if they need to be around others in your home.

For additional information about preventing COVID-19 transmission at home visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

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