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

Posted 03/04/22 at 3:20 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’ March 4 update to campus shared a reminder that beginning Monday, March 7, face coverings and COVID-19 testing will be optional for all App State students and employees. She also continued to emphasize the importance of vaccines and extended her thanks to the university community for their continued care and respect for one another.

  • As reported on the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, new cases and positive results from on-campus tests continue to decline, and vaccination rates are 81% for students and 90% for employees.

  • The university will continue to utilize wastewater surveillance testing, as it has since fall 2020, to detect the presence and extent of COVID-19 in residence halls and implement testing and containment measures.

App State’s updated COVID-19 protocols begin Monday, March 7:

Chancellor Everts’ Feb. 25 update to campus announced upcoming changes to App State’s COVID-19 protocols and the Feb. 25 COVID-19 update shared additional details. Campus departments and/or areas may not require more restrictive measures than those required by the university. 

Beginning Monday, March 7:

  1. Face coverings are no longer required on campus except where required by federal and state guidelines — including public transportation and health care settings. Facilities Operations is in the process of removing signage related to face coverings across campus.

  2. Unvaccinated students and employees are no longer required to submit weekly test results.

  3. Contact tracing efforts will focus only on areas of identified need in accordance with current CDC and public health guidance.

Continuing COVID-19 protocols and community standards:

All other COVID-19 protocols will remain in place after March 7:

  1. Students and employees should continue to submit the following to the university:

Public health experts recommend continued vigilance even as COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted. To protect yourself and your App State community, take these actions:

  1. Get vaccinated and boosted to stay up-to-date.
    Students and employees can still receive a $50 Amazon gift card from Student Health Service for each primary or booster vaccine dose.

  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.
    Remember that free, walk-in testing clinics on campus continue weekly, and students with symptoms can also make appointments at Student Health Service.

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

  5. 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.

Spring Break travel reminders:

Planning to travel during Spring Break? Take these steps to stay well and help protect others:

  1. Postpone your travel if you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms

  2. Review any COVID-19 restrictions and/or requirements for your mode of travel and at your destination including any local face covering, testing and/or vaccination requirements — and be prepared to follow these.

    • Need a copy of your vaccine record? Visit NCDHHS’ Your COVID-19 Vaccine Information page to view, download or print your vaccine record if you were vaccinated by a North Carolina provider and provided your email address.

    • Take face coverings and hygiene items with you, such as hand sanitizer, and consider having a rapid test kit ready in case you need it. 

  3. Remember that you may need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling, even if you are up-to-date with your vaccinations. 

    • Consider getting a COVID-19 test before you leave and after returning home.

Additional COVID-19 resources and information:

Remember, the university posts the most current COVID-19 safety protocols, procedures and policies to the App State coronavirus website and makes adjustments 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.

The university’s COVID-19 response team continues to respond 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 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. 

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

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