Continuity in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Upcoming Testing Events

The university is offering free COVID-19 tests for App State students, faculty and staff at “pop-up” testing events.

All events below are from 12 - 5 p.m in the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Saturday, Oct. 31

Monday, Nov. 2

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Saturday, Nov. 7

Monday, Nov. 9

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Saturday, Nov. 14

Monday, Nov. 16

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Saturday, Nov. 21

Both walk-up and drive-up testing will be available. No appointments required; however, you will be asked for your Banner ID and to show your AppCard.

Both walk-up and drive-up testing will be available. If you drive-up, you will remain in your vehicle and a technician will conduct your test there.

App State students who are concerned about symptoms they might be experiencing can contact Student Health Service at 828-262-3100; faculty and staff can contact AppHealthCare at 828-795-1970.

You should be tested if:

  • You believe you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have no symptoms and you are at higher risk for severe illness (you are 65 or older, you have an underlying health condition or chronic condition), or have been in close contact with someone who is known to have a positive result.
  • If you are someone working in a frontline role or essential business where social distancing is hard to maintain.
  • If you are a first responder, law enforcement officer, fire department staff member, or healthcare staff member, please reach out if you would like to be tested.
  • If you live in or work in a facility where social distancing is hard to maintain, like congregate living, healthcare facilities or home care.

Testing locations:

COVID-19 testing requires pre-screening and an appointment. Please do not show up at a health care provider location without calling in advance. This will help your provider prepare should you need to be tested and lessen the potential exposure to others. 

If you are a student, contact Student Health Service for an appointment. Tests are conducted weekdays. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Students who are ill are not turned away for testing elsewhere. They are first screened by a nurse via telephone. If it is determined they need a test, they will receive a same-day rapid antigen test, with molecular (PCR) testing as a backup, per clinician’s judgment in the event of a negative rapid test.
  • Information on the types of tests available and how to make an appointment to get one are available on the Student Health Service website.
  • In addition to the weekly testing events, App State is implementing targeted testing in residence halls, and is working with public health to target some off-campus housing locations for large-scale testing.

Faculty, staff and students can be tested by AppHealthCare Monday-Friday. AppHealthCare will serve anyone, regardless of ability to pay. Schedule a test with AppHealthCare by calling the AppHealthCare COVID-19 Hotline at 828-795-1970. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and many primary care providers also offer testing.

  • For a list of testing locations in Watauga County, click here.
  • For a list of testing locations in Ashe County, click here.
  • For a list of testing locations in Alleghany County, click here.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) offers two additional tools to help you determine whether you should be tested and find testing sites:

As of July 31, NCDHHS updated their guidance on Antigen Testing for providers and laboratories. The updated guidance states, “Antigen tests are designed for rapid diagnosis of active infection by detecting viral proteins on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) in nasal swabs or similar clinical specimens. This test works similarly to a rapid flu test. The results take about 15 minutes.”

Broad-based, campus entry testing

As of Sep. 30, 2020 updated CDC guidance indicates entry testing combined with regular testing might prevent or reduce coronavirus transmission. App State is continuing regular surveillance testing and is exploring what measures may be feasible in this regard for the Spring 2021 semester, and will continue communications to campus as decisions are made.

Read more about CDC testing guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)