COVID-19 update from App State — Feb. 12, 2021

Posted 02/12/21 at 7:40 p.m.

App State’s weekly progress report to campus provides the latest operational updates and other important information.

App Strong. App Resilient.

The university remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place. App State faculty and staff continue working steadily, in accordance with UNC System expectations and our educational mission, to assess and adjust every aspect of the Appalachian Experience to keep health and safety at the forefront. 

Vigilance is critical. Students, faculty and staff continue to rise to the challenge by following the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) and campus safety protocols, but we must remain focused and committed to these simple and effective actions. Face coverings continue to be required for students, faculty and staff when on campus. Together, we can continue to be strong and resilient.

Please be sure to carefully and regularly review messages from App State as the university continues to carefully monitor and respond to the latest COVID-19 circumstances.

Latest News

COVID-19 vaccines update

On Feb. 10, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will gradually begin vaccinating Group 3 on Feb. 24, starting with anyone working in child care or in PreK-12 schoolsreview the Deeper Dive PDF for eligibility information and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) Interim Essential Industry Employer Guidance for Vaccinating North Carolinians PDF for more information.

  • On March 10, Group 3 frontline essential workers will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. College and university faculty and staff who are working in-person at their work site are included in this group.

  • Groups 1 and 2 will continue to be vaccinated and will have priority; therefore, because of limited vaccine supply, Group 3 frontline essential workers may still need to wait for their vaccine appointment. 

  • Students who are not prioritized into other groups (for reasons like age or health care worker status, for example), are in Group 5.

  • To indicate your interest in receiving the vaccine, complete local public health’s vaccination interest form — this will allow public health to notify you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine.

  • Even after being vaccinated, it is necessary to continue to limit your activities and exposure to others to the greatest extent possible and follow the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) — review all recommended personal safety protocols here.

    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated persons — "fully vaccinated" means that at least two weeks have passed since a person has received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. These individuals who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19; however, due to additional considerations, you should always follow the instructions of local public health. 

  • These resources provide the latest COVID-19 vaccine information:

New face coverings guidance 

Wearing face coverings — and wearing them properly — is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On Feb. 10, the CDC released new research and announced new face coverings guidelines that include wearing well-fitting face coverings and layered face coverings to help curb the spread of COVID-19 — in laboratory tests, this combination reduced exposure by about 95%.

  • “Well-fitting” includes face coverings with a nose wire and adjustable ear loops and “layered” includes face coverings with multiple layers of fabric, such as the new washable, reusable face coverings that are being distributed to students, faculty and staff. “Layered” can also include wearing a cloth face covering over a disposable one.

Student Engagement and Activities

Have fun, stay safe, expand your horizons!

Visit this Student Life page, which is regularly updated with ways to stay engaged and have fun while staying safe.

Music Black History Month Concerts
Feb. 14, 21 and 28, 4 p.m., free virtual events
Hayes School of Music faculty will perform works ranging from 1890s ragtime to 21st-century electronic music of the Midwest, and faculty from the Department of English will perform readings from the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement to contemporary voices.

Fulbright Week
Feb. 16-18, free virtual events, registration required
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries available for faculty, staff and students. Learn more about the Fulbright program and how to prepare strong Fulbright applications.

Lead Your Way: Diversity Networking and Career Conference
Feb. 17, 3-6 p.m, free virtual event, registration required
Break-out panels featuring employers from organizations who have committed their resources to promoting diversity, followed by a networking afterparty. Register in Handshake to participate in all or part of the event.

APPS Front Desk Concert: 80 Unlacey
Feb. 19, premieres at 12 a.m., free virtual event 
Join APPS for a pre-recorded, acoustic concert by local Boone band 80 Unlacey — view other Front Desk Concerts and upcoming APPS events.

More Events and Activities:

AppalachianTodayEngageCampus ActivitiesUniversity RecreationTurchin Center

Key Reminders

Modified Stay-at-Home Executive Order remains in effect 

On-campus COVID-19 testing 

  • App State offers free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff each Wednesday and Saturday from noon - 5 p.m. Walk up or drive up. No appointments required — bring your Banner ID and AppCard. Winter weather can affect the testing schedule, so check the university’s COVID-19 Testing page for the latest schedule and location information. Note that lines tend to be shorter between 3 - 5 p.m.

  • Throughout the semester, 10% of the on-campus student population will be selected at random for periodic testing. Testing frequency will be based on available data, including voluntary surveillance testing events, contact tracing information and wastewater surveillance research.

Key Metrics

On-campus tests administered since start of fall semester: 41,671
Classroom transmission: 0 confirmed cases
Current hospitalizations: 0
Current quarantine/meal support availability: 67% available (33% in use)
Police reports responding to violations of gathering limits (Jan. 1 - present): 5
Active cases in students who live on campus (in residence at time of positive test): 27
Active cases in students who live off campus: 9
Spring 2021 residence hall occupancy: 61%
Days since campus planning discussions first started around COVID-19: 390
Days since the campus EOC formally activated to coordinate preparedness/response/recovery efforts: 338

Resources and Communications

App State resources

Please reach out if you need assistance. There are many people at the university who are here to help you. If you aren’t sure who can help you, here’s where you can start:

Academic AffairsOffice of the Dean of StudentsMountaineer Emergency FundResources for studentsResources for faculty and staffDepartment directory

Communications and updates

Chancellor Everts continues to meet regularly with UNC System President Hans and System leadership, as well as with her vice chancellors and emergency management team. University representatives meet with local public health Monday-Friday and on weekends as needed, and consult regularly with the NCDHHS COVID-19 response team. Read more:

Messages from Chancellor EvertsPrevious COVID-19 update from App StateApp State’s coronavirus website and dashboard

Information Coming Soon

  • Additional information about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Additional information about wastewater testing at App State.

  • Additional tips for creating a pandemic pod.

  • App State Athletics spring attendance update.