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COVID-19 update from App State — January 14, 2022

Posted 01/14/22 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 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. 14 update to campus, she shared the results of consultation with state, local and campus public health experts, as well as the UNC System, regarding the progression of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, and reminded campus the university’s COVID-19 dashboard will be updated on Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the benefit of this guidance.

If you feel sick:

If you feel sick, stay home, monitor your symptoms and get a COVID-19 test.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

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

  • Stay home as soon as you receive your positive test result, isolate per CDC’s guidelines and monitor for symptoms.

  • 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.

  • Review CDC’s isolation 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.

Students living in residence halls who need to isolate or quarantine will be required to return home to do so, with few exceptions.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19:

If you are identified as a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, you may be directed by public health to quarantine, depending on your vaccination status.

Students living in residence halls who need to isolate or quarantine will be required to return home to do so, with few exceptions.  

Regardless of vaccination status, if you were exposed to COVID-19 you should:

When can I come back to class or work after quarantine or isolation?

App State is following CDC guidance for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation. Review the university’s Quarantine and Isolation page for information about and links to CDC’s quarantine and isolation guidance, and precautions to take for 5-10 days.

  • Students, Emergency Management will reach out to you to provide additional information. Questions? Contact safety@appstate.edu.

  • Faculty and staff, the Office of Human Resources will work with employees and supervisors. Questions? Contact millerad@appstate.edu or 828-262-3187.

Latest COVID-19 public health guidance:

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.  

Resources: 
COVID-19 VaccinesGet your COVID-19 vaccination recordCOVID-19 Testing and Reporting

Additional resources:
Read the latest updatesFace CoveringsNorth Carolina’s COVID-19 Information HubFlu vaccine finder