The information on this page is updated as new information is available, and as federal, state and local public health guidance changes. For the latest information, please check back regularly. Last updated: March 14, 2022.
Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be directed to isolate.
Students and employees who have been in close contact with an individual who tests positive should follow current CDC guidelines.
Regardless of vaccination status, everyone should:
Note that these are the only authorized individuals who can make decisions regarding when you can return to work or class:
Be sure to report your positive test results to the university if you tested positive for COVID-19 at an off campus location, or took a home test. The university’s COVID response team will reach out to you to provide support and assistance, and help you with isolation instruct
In North Carolina, when someone tests positive, their health care provider is required by law to report that to their local health department. They also report positive test cases to the state. This is to ensure health care is being provided to individuals who have tested positive, and the health of the public is being protected by implementing isolation procedures.
App State’s COVID-19 response team works closely with local public health to:
Students, faculty and staff who are tested on campus are identified as affiliated with App State at the time their test is taken. It is possible for a student, faculty or staff member to be tested by an entity not connected with App State or AppHealthCare and not identify any connection with App State. In that instance, they would still be identified as associated with the university when they submit their positive test results and/or reach out to faculty and/or their supervisor to explain their inability to attend.
According to the latest CDC and NCDHHS guidance, universal case investigation and contact tracing are no longer recommended for COVID-19. App State notifies local public health of all reported positive tests in students and employees, and App State assists these individuals by providing support and guidance. Contact tracing efforts will focus only on areas of identified need.
In accordance with current public health guidance, neither the university nor local public health will conduct individual case investigations for close contacts of identified positive cases.
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 may choose to reach out to those with whom they have been in close contact.
Students are held to a code of student conduct that requires them to follow the rules set out by the university.
Employees (faculty and staff) are required to follow university policies. Students and employees who violate the terms of their code of conduct or conditions of their employment will be subject to the appropriate disciplinary action.
App State follows CDC isolation protocols for all students and employees who are required to isolate.
Our local public health department implements communicable disease control procedures to include data surveillance and reporting as well as the use of existing public health laws to control the spread of disease. Review the Appalachian District Board of Health’s position statement in support of ongoing response to COVID-19.