COVID-19 update from App State — February 11, 2022

Posted 02/11/22 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. 11 update to campus shared that statewide, locally and on campus, we are beginning to see the downward trend in COVID-19 case counts that has been predicted. Other encouraging signs include a decrease in campus positivity rates for last week.

  • Watauga County remains an area of “high” transmission according to CDC’s COVID data tracker. Studies continue to support the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine in reducing the severity of the illness and reducing the likelihood of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Health experts also recommend wearing well-fitted face coverings, staying home if you don't feel well, and frequent handwashing or sanitizing to help reduce transmission. 

  • Our campus Student Health Service offers Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters. $50 Amazon gift cards are provided to students and employees who get vaccinated or boosted on campus.

What to do if you test positive or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, stay home and monitor your symptoms. Contact your healthcare provider with questions or concerns. Students and employees are required to report results of COVID-19 tests taken off campus

  • If you are concerned about potential exposure for yourself, submit a self report to the university.

  • If you have a concern about another student or employee, submit a care and concern report to the university.

  • When students or employees report positive test results or a COVID-19 exposure to the university, App State's COVID-19 response team works quickly to reach out to those individuals.

    • Students: Emergency Management will contact you to provide additional information. Questions? Contact or call 828-262-4008.

    • Faculty and staff: the Office of Human Resources will work with employees and supervisors. Questions? Contact or 828-262-3187.

  • The university’s COVID-19 response team will respond to every report submitted. They prioritize outreach to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

How to protect yourself and others:

  1. Get vaccinated and stay up-to-date.
    App State strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to stay up-to-date with vaccination. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters are available at Student Health Service.

  2. Wear a face covering with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.

    • Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor campus locations.

    • Students and employees can pick-up face coverings at the Plemmons Student Union Information Desk. A variety of types are available.

  3. If you feel sick OR if you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, stay home and monitor your symptoms. Contact your healthcare provider with questions or concerns.

    • Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19self-report all off-campus COVID-19 tests so the university’s COVID-19 response team can reach out to you.

    • If you test positive and have health conditions that increase your risk of becoming very sick, contact your healthcare provider immediately to discuss possible treatment options.

    • 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, and practice good personal hygiene.

COVID-19 testing reminders:

Additional information and resources:

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

App State resources: 
Latest Updates •  COVID-19 VaccinesCOVID-19 Testing and ReportingQuarantine and IsolationFace CoveringsHealth and SafetyCOVID-19 dashboard

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