COVID-19 update from App State — January 28, 2022

Posted 01/28/22 at 5:35 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. 28 update to campus:

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise locally and in North Carolina. On Jan. 21, NCDHHS reported record hospitalizations.

  • NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley shared that the vast majority of new hospitalizations are unvaccinated individuals, and urged all North Carolinians to stay up-to-date with their vaccines and continue to wear a face covering.

  • All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccine status. Booster and additional dose records are not tied to weekly testing requirements but are critical for isolation/quarantine guidance.

How to protect yourself and others:

  1. Get vaccinated. Stay up-to-date.
    Up-to-date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

  2. Wear a well-fitted face covering that is comfortable and provides good protection. Face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations.

  3. If you feel sick or test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, stay home and monitor your symptoms. If you become concerned about your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

    • Visit the university’s Quarantine and Isolation page for actions and precautions to take if you test positive for COVID-19 or were exposed. App State is following CDC’s COVID-19 quarantine and isolation recommendations.

    • If you tested positive off-campus, report your test results here.

  4. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

COVID-19 testing and reporting:

Additional information and resources:

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • The university’s most current COVID-19 protocols and policies are published on the App State coronavirus website. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email ucinfo@appstate.edu or call 828-262-2000 for assistance.

    • The university adjusts COVID-19 safety protocols, procedures and policies according to the latest federal, state, local and UNC System guidance.

  • To view, download or print your vaccine record, visit the NC COVID-19 Vaccine Portal. On Jan. 21, NCDHHS announced that it has expanded the portal to include Federal Pharmacy Program providers.

  • App State’s COVID-19 dashboard uses updated 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.

App State resources: 
Latest Updates •  COVID-19 VaccinesCOVID-19 Testing and ReportingQuarantine and IsolationFace Coverings

Additional resources:
Get your COVID-19 vaccination recordNorth Carolina’s COVID-19 Information HubFlu vaccine finder