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Keeping Kids Safe

At Children’s of Mississippi, we understand how vitally important it is to parents to have confidence that their children are safe. We share that concern, and are taking extra steps to protect our patients, parents, families, and Children’s of Mississippi staff. That means if your child needs care during this time, you don’t have to wait.

In this video, Lisa Didion, MD, associate chief medical officer at Children’s of Mississippi explains the steps we’ve taken to keep you and your child safe during your visit.


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

Temporary Visitor Restrictions

To protect everyone who enters Children’s of Mississippi, 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.