Health Benefits

Stay Informed about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Latest on Trustmark Health Benefits and COVID-19

At Trustmark Health Benefits, our highest priority is the health, wellness, and safety of our associates and of our customers, vendors, and their associates, as well as the communities we serve.

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and will continue to provide updates here as they are available.
 

Prevention

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the nation, and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta has issued updated recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19.

Vaccination

  • All eligible adults should get vaccinated.
  • Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
  • Check with your local health department to see when you are eligible for vaccination and how to make an appointment.

Masks

  • Masks are now required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Everyone 2 years and older should wear masks in public.
  • Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • If someone in your household is infected, wear a mask to avoid spread to others.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Find the brand and type of mask that works for you.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

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Distance

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members if possible.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

Ventilation

  • Whenever possible, avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors.
  • Ventilate indoor spaces by opening windows and doors to the outside whenever possible.
  • Being in crowded areas puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.

Washing

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When is it important to wash?
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone who is sick
    • After touching animals or pets

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Monitoring

  • Be alert for symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other indicators of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
  • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.

We’ve created an informational poster with six common sense ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 and the flu. Print this poster and display it in all common spaces or otherwise share it with members.

Reopening

We are constantly monitoring COVID-19 infection rates, vaccination rates, and other news to determine when and how to best open our offices around the country. Much like our approach to benefits, we recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this question, and our offices in different parts of the country may re-open at different times. If you have questions about your local Trustmark Health Benefits location, we recommend connecting with the office directly.

Legislation and Other State Requirements

We’re closely watching the decisions in Washington and at the state level as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Click here for an overview of the federal legislation and some of the state requirements that have been released. 

Treasury Department and IRS Notices

We’re closely watching the regulations coming out of Washington to make sure we provide our clients with the latest details. Click here for an overview of the latest updates from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).