COVID-19 update from App State — January 21, 2022

Posted 01/21/22 at 4:50 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.

Summary of the latest COVID-19 information:

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. 21 update to campus, she shared that weekly meetings with leaders from Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government, the Chair of Chairs and Deans have resumed. These university leaders bring questions and discussion topics from their constituency groups, and the meetings have also become an important opportunity to address misinformation, which is the single most difficult challenge currently facing our Emergency Management team.

COVID-19 testing options:

  • On-campus testing continues each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students, faculty and staff can get tested for any reason. 

  • Student Health Service continues to offer testing by appointment to students with COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Getting tested at an on-campus testing clinic will fulfill the weekly COVID-19 testing requirement for unvaccinated students and employees. If you are tested off campus or use an at-home test, only PCR or rapid-Antigen tests that are read by a testing laboratory will be accepted.

  • DO submit your test results if:
  • DON’T submit your test results if:
    • You get tested on campus. The university already has your test results, and duplicate results can cause delayed response times from our COVID-19 response team. 

  • App State's COVID-19 response team works quickly to contact individuals who report illness, exposure or test results, and prioritizes contacting those individuals who have tested positive.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed:

App State follows CDC guidance for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation. Find more information on the university’s Quarantine and Isolation page, as well as links to CDC’s quarantine and isolation guidance and precautions to take for 5-10 days.

If you test positive, 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 get tested off campus, including at home, report your test result 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.

    • Students, Emergency Management will reach out to you to provide additional information. Questions? Contact safety@appstate.edu or call 828-262-4008.

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

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19:

If you feel sick:

  • Stay home, monitor your symptoms and get a COVID-19 test.

  • Students should communicate with their faculty to arrange for short-term remote options.

  • Employees should communicate with their supervisors or department chairs to arrange for short-term remote options.

  • If you become concerned about your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

  • Read here about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 and when you can return to class or work.

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.

  • App State’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to include new metrics to better measure the impact of new COVID-19 variants on our campus and community. Updates will continue each Monday through the spring semester.

  • 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 ReportingQuarantine and Isolation

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