COVID-19 update from App State — February 4, 2022

Posted 02/04/22 at 4:55 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.

Chancellor Everts’ Feb. 4 update to campus shared highlights from her remarks at the annual Spring Faculty and Staff meeting, held this afternoon. She continues to express her appreciation to students, faculty and staff for getting vaccinated and boosted to protect the university community against the most severe effects of COVID-19 and noted an increase in student vaccination rates to 81%. The employee vaccination rate is 90%. Vaccination records provided to the university are verified before they are reported.

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. App State strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to stay up-to-date with vaccination.

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

    • Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 and be sure to self-report all off-campus COVID-19 tests to the university. Members of the university’s COVID-19 response team will reach out to you as soon as possible after you have submitted your report to offer guidance and assistance.

    • Review the university’s Quarantine and Isolation page for actions and precautions to take if you test positive for COVID-19 or were exposed.

  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 testing on campus:

Additional information and resources

Make sure you get the latest information on COVID-19 directly from reliable sources such as CDC, NCDHHS and AppHealthCare.

  • CDC continues to recommend getting vaccinated and staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines as the best way to protect yourself and others against the Omicron variant.

  • A new CDC report further emphasizes that being up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination is critical to protecting against COVID-19 infection and hospitalization.

  • The university posts the most current COVID-19 safety protocols, procedures and policies to the App State coronavirus website. These are adjusted according to the latest federal, state, local and UNC System guidance. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email or call 828-262-2000 for assistance.

  • 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