COVID-19 update from App State — January 3, 2022

Posted 01/03/21 at 4:25 p.m.

App State’s progress report to campus provides the latest operational updates, COVID-19 safety protocols and other important information. Please note the status of the coronavirus and variants continues to develop. University COVID-19 safety protocols change, informed by the latest public health data. Always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.

Spring 2022 semester COVID-19 protocols

Chancellor Sheri Everts and the university’s COVID-19 response team continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and remain in regular contact with state and local public health agencies as well as UNC System leadership.

In Chancellor Everts’ Jan. 3 update to campus, she outlined the COVID-19 protocols that will be in place for the spring semester, and emphasized the importance of vaccines and boosters. Everyone who is eligible should submit proof of their booster or additional dose by Jan. 10.

New guidance for 2022

  • CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations:
    • For people who are unvaccinated or eligible but not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
    • Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.
    • For all those exposed, CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure.
    • If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

    Read CDC’s updated isolation and quarantine recommendations.
  • As noted by Chancellor Everts, the next COVID-19 dashboard update will be on Jan. 18, 2022, and will include metrics recommended by local public health to better measure the impact of new COVID-19 variants on our campus and community.

  • Chancellor Everts also shared that new guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) is expected soon from CDC. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will review CDC guidance and issue its updated IHE guidance.

  • NCDHHS updated its guidance for K-12 schools on Dec. 30, 2021. App State is ensuring compliance with this guidance in the university’s K-12 classrooms.

Spring 2022 COVID-19 testing

Key upcoming dates

  • Jan. 7: Move-in to residence halls begins at 8 a.m.
    University Housing has shared spring move-in instructions with students living in residence halls.

  • Jan. 10: First day of classes for the spring 2022 semester.
    There are no current plans to move in-person classes online.

  • Jan. 17: MLK State holiday — no classes, university closed.

Campus operations reminders

  • The Student Health Service clinic re-opens with regular hours Jan. 3. The after-hours nurse line remains available —  call 828-262-3100.

  • The Counseling Center re-opens with regular hours Jan. 3. Emergency services are always available — call 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

  • Campus Dining reopens some venues Jan. 5. All dining venues will return to regular operating hours after Monday, Jan. 10. View the Spring 2022 Opening Schedule for more information.

  • University Recreation will re-open Jan. 7. View facility hours for more information.  

For additional information, check department websites for adjusted winter break hours of operation.

Additional information & resources

  • The university adjusts COVID-19 safety protocols, procedure and policy according to the latest federal, state, local and UNC System guidance. Read the latest updates.

  • Following CDC guidance, App State uses county-based community spread data to determine when requirements, such as wearing face coverings on campus, can be lessened or lifted.  

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Additional resources:
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