Isolation and Exposure Guidance

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

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status

App State is following CDC guidance for COVID-19 isolation. Isolate if you are sick with COVID-19 or if you have tested positive, even if you don’t have symptoms.

  • Stay home as soon as you receive your positive test result, isolate per CDC’s guidelines and monitor for symptoms. Students living in residence halls who need to isolate will be required to do so at home, with few exceptions. 
  • If you tested off campus, report your test result to the university. If you get tested at an on-campus testing clinic, you DO NOT need to submit your results as these are automatically provided to the university.
  • Upon receiving notice of your positive test results, the university’s COVID-19 response team will be in touch with you as soon as possible to offer you guidance and support.
  • Review CDC’s guidance for precautions to take for 5-10 days after your positive test result, including when to wear a face covering and when you can leave isolation and return to campus.
  • If you become concerned about your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. App State students who are concerned about symptoms they might be experiencing can contact Student Health Service at 828-262-3100.

If you were exposed to COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone should:

  • Self-report the exposure to the university so the university’s COVID-19 response team can follow-up with you. 
  • Monitor your symptoms for 10 days after the exposure. If you develop symptoms, immediately isolate and get tested.
  • Get tested at least five days after the exposure. If you get tested off campus, report your test result to the university.
  • Review CDC’s guidance for information about precautions to take for 5-10 days after exposure. 
  • Please make sure to follow the directives and guidance of public health or your healthcare provider if you were exposed to COVID-19. 

When you can return to campus after isolation

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

What happens when someone tests positive?

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:

  • Help identify cases of COVID-19.
  • Support those who have tested positive

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.

Contact tracing

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.

What should I do if I have concerns about someone who is not complying with COVID-19 safety policies and procedures?

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.

What are the consequences of not following quarantine or isolation instructions?

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.