COVID-19 update from App State — January 7, 2022

Posted 01/07/22 at 5:20 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 return to campus and 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. 7 update to campus, she shared information about how the university makes weather-related operations decisions, emphasized the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and booster, and reminded campus of the Jan. 10 deadline to submit booster documentation.  

  • Students living in residence halls began moving in today. These students were required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to moving in.

  • Spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 10, with no current plans to move in-person classes online.

  • Vaccinations are our best defense against COVID-19. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. App State’s Student Health Service provides vaccines, boosters and additional doses by appointment for students and employees.

  • Everyone who is eligible should submit proof of their booster or additional dose by Jan. 10. While booster and additional dose records are not currently tied to the university’s weekly testing requirements, providing this information is key to the university’s quick response in the event that you are identified as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case and may be released from quarantine per public health guidelines.

  • Students and employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to submit weekly COVID-19 test results if they are on campus at any time.

  • On-campus testing clinics are each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the spring semester. Read more information below.

  • Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor campus locations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, as CDC continues to classify Watauga county as a community with high COVID-19 transmission rates.

  • App State’s COVID-19 dashboard will be updated on Jan. 18, and will include metrics recommended by local public health to better measure the impact of new COVID-19 variants on our campus and community.

Latest COVID-19 guidance:

If you feel sick, have tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19:

If you are feeling unwell and exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 infection:

  • Stay home and monitor your symptoms. If you become concerned about your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Get a COVID-19 test.
  • Students should communicate with their faculty and employees should communicate with their supervisors to arrange for short-term remote options.

On Jan. 4, CDC updated its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations.

If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow CDC’s isolation recommendations.

  • If you test positive:
    • Stay home and isolate for at least five full days, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Wear a face covering around others in your household during isolation and in public for an additional five days.
    • If you tested off campus, report your positive test result to the university so staff can follow up with assistance and support. Once you have reported your results, the university’s COVID-19 response team will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 
    • If you have had symptoms, review CDC’s guidance for ending isolation.
  • If you are exposed to COVID-19:
    • If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, you do not need to quarantine but should wear a face covering in public for 10 days after the exposure.
    • If you are unvaccinated or eligible but not yet boosted, quarantine for five days followed by strict face covering use for an additional five days.
    • Everyone should get tested at least five days after exposure.

Review CDC’s What We Know About Quarantine and Isolation page for full details.

Spring 2022 COVID-19 testing:

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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