COVID-19 update from App State — February 18, 2022

Posted 02/18/22 at 5:00 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.

App State COVID-19 Updates

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. 18 update to campus shared:

  • Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley announced yesterday that COVID-19 cases are decreasing statewide, and new guidance will be in effect beginning March 7 that relaxes recommendations and requirements for face coverings while continuing to emphasize the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine in preventing severe illness and death

  • Additionally, yesterday, the state legislature passed a bill to make face coverings optional in public schools.

  • Neither specifically addressed higher education settings.

  • The Chancellor and her leadership team are reviewing the latest recommendations, guidance and information and are in consultation with public health officials and the UNC System.

  • A campus update will be provided soon regarding how new state and local guidance will affect the App State campus.

Keep reading for COVID-19 preventative actions you should take, as well as the latest public health guidance.

Take these actions to protect yourself and others:

  1. Get vaccinated and get boosted to stay up-to-date. The most effective tool we have to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19 is the vaccine.
    Students and employees who get a vaccine or booster at Student Health Service will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Same day appointments are available — bring your vaccine record.

  2. Stay home if you feel sick OR if you test positive for COVID-19.
    Monitor your symptoms and follow quarantine and isolation guidance. Contact your healthcare provider with questions or concerns.

  3. Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
    Free, walk-in testing clinics continue on campus weekly, and students with symptoms can also make testing appointments at Student Health Service.

  4. Seek treatment early if you are at risk for severe illness. 

  5. When wearing a face covering, ensure it provides the best fit, protection and comfort for you — information about N95 and KN95 masks is available on the university’s Face Coverings page.

  6. 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.

Required self-reporting for students and employees:

To protect the App State community and to aid in making quarantine/isolation decisions, students and employees should submit the following to the university:

  1. Vaccination records — both primary series and boosters.

  2. Off-campus COVID-19 tests, including at home tests.

  3. Submit a self report if you are concerned about a potential exposure.

  4. Submit a care and concern report if you are concerned about a student or employee.

  5. If you are not fully vaccinated, submit a COVID-19 test each week — getting tested on campus fulfills the weekly COVID-19 testing requirement.

The university’s COVID-19 response team responds to every report submitted as quickly as possible and prioritizes outreach to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Students: Emergency Management will contact 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.

Latest public health updates and additional resources:

Locally and nationally, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing. As we emerge from the Omicron surge, it is important to remember that public health officials are continuing to collect data and learn more about the virus.

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