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

Posted 02/19/21 at 8:00 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. Additionally, the extension of North Carolina’s Modified Stay at Home Order is in effect until at least Feb. 28, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)’ secretarial directive also remains in effect; therefore, vigilance is critical.

App State faculty and staff continue working steadily to keep health and safety at the forefront, and students, faculty and staff continue to rise to the challenge by following campus safety protocols, but we must remain focused and committed to these simple and effective actions. 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 positive cases update

Our preliminary testing data for this week indicates a positivity rate for the week of just over 1.8%. However, App State has seen new cases of COVID-19 in some of our residence halls.

  • All active cases and close contacts have been identified and are receiving support from the university while recovering in isolation and/or quarantining. Learn more about contact tracing and campus isolation and quarantine procedures.

  • Notifications have been made to the students in the affected residence halls.

  • The university is conducting follow-up testing in the affected residence halls.

  • Monday's dashboard update will include cluster data for the Spring semester, as well as the weekly data for this week that includes testing data from this weekend.

COVID-19 vaccines update

On Feb. 24, North Carolina will gradually begin vaccinating Group 3, starting with anyone working in child care or in PreK-12 schools. The state plans to move to additional frontline workers on March 10. This includes university employees who are working in-person at their work site.

To learn more and view vaccine-related resources, visit the university's COVID-19 Vaccines page. Additionally:

AppHealthCare, our local public health department, is seeking volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.

Update on attendance at spring sporting events

In a Feb. 17 press release, App State Athletics announced that spectators at spring sporting events are currently limited to a maximum of two immediate family members per participating student-athlete. Coaches are communicating with their student-athletes and immediate family members about specific protocols.

Student Engagement and Activities

Stay engaged, stay safe!

App State offers events and activities to help students stay engaged while staying safe. Four highlights:

International Civil Rights Center & Museum virtual tour
Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m., free virtual event, registration required by Feb. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Take a comprehensive journey through the spaces of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro with a senior docent. 

“The Schaefer Center Presents” BalletX
Feb. 25, 8 p.m., free virtual event, registration required
A special production by Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company that includes the BalletX 15th Anniversary Season documentary and mixed repertoire selections.

“This Is Not The Play” by Chisa Hutchinson
Feb. 25 - 28, 7 p.m., free virtual event, registration required
Stereotypes, prejudice and perceptions of race and gender are at the forefront of this play about the process of creating a play.

APPS Front Desk Concert: Juniper Avenue
Feb. 26, premieres at 12 a.m., free virtual event 
A pre-recorded, acoustic concert featuring indie band Juniper Avenue from Raleigh. View other Front Desk Concerts on APPS' YouTube channel.

More Events and Activities:

AppalachianTodayEngageCampus ActivitiesUniversity RecreationTurchin Center

Key Reminders

Face coverings update 

On-campus COVID-19 testing 

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

Required reporting

Key Metrics

On-campus tests administered since start of fall semester: 43,497
Classroom transmission: 0 confirmed cases
Current hospitalizations: 0
Current quarantine/meal support availability: 78% available (22% in use)
Police reports responding to violations of gathering limits (Jan. 1 - present): 6
Active cases in students who live on campus (in residence at time of positive test): 16
Active cases in students who live off campus: 31
Days since campus planning discussions first started around COVID-19: 397
Days since the campus EOC formally activated to coordinate preparedness/response/recovery efforts: 345

Resources and Communications

App State resources

To address isolation, loss, lack of motivation and other feelings due to the presence of COVID-19, remember your campus mental health and wellness 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 FundMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreResources 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.