COVID-19 update from App State — April 1, 2021

Posted 04/01/21 at 6:45 p.m.

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

App Strong. App Resilient.

As April begins, we enter our final month of spring semester classes and begin looking ahead to commencement and summer. Chancellor Everts’ March 19 message to campus shared that the upcoming fall semester is expected to look more like fall 2019, but vigilance is critical. 

North Carolina’s current COVID-19 data, trends and vaccination progress are promising; however, as variants continue to spread and restrictions are eased across the country, new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are beginning to rise nationwide. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends continuing to protect yourself and others by getting a COVID-19 vaccine and following the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash). Additionally, consider wearing a layered face covering and avoid crowds until enough people can be vaccinated. 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 monitor and respond to the latest COVID-19 circumstances.

Latest News

COVID-19 Vaccines Update

Due to increased vaccine supply, AppHealthCare — the local public health department covering Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties — has opened vaccine eligibility to all adults.

Student Resources and Activities

Resources for students

  • A “Student Resources” link has been added to the Engage Weekly e-newsletter shared by the Division of Student Affairs. The link gives students quick access to the Engage portals of resource-providing units on campus.

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:

Additional Resources for Students:
Academic AffairsOffice of the Dean of StudentsMountaineer Emergency FundMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreStudent lifeDepartment directory

Stay engaged, stay safe!

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

9th Annual Coffee Buzz 5K
April 4-18, virtual race with participation fee, registration required
The annual Coffee Buzz 5K event supports the Landon Hill Memorial Scholarship for future Mountaineers studying abroad.

Egg Stravaganza
April 6, 3-5 p.m., free in-person event
Join APPS for a socially distanced egg hunt in Durham Park — free food and prizes! 

Diversity Celebration
April 8-9, free in-person and virtual events
App State’s annual Diversity Celebration will feature a festival on Sanford Mall, a performance by award-winning slam poet Paul Tran, drive-in movie night and more.

More Events and Activities:
Earth MonthAppalachianTodayEngageCampus ActivitiesUniversity RecreationTurchin Center

Key Reminders

Summer/Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes

  • The Summer/Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes has been published on the Office of the Registrar website. Early Registration for Summer/Fall 2021 is April 1-15. 

On-campus COVID-19 testing continues 

  • Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing is available for students, faculty and staff each week. No appointments required — bring your Banner ID and AppCard.

  • There will be no testing event Saturday, April 3; however, an event is scheduled for Monday, April 5.

  • Check the university’s COVID-19 Testing page for the latest schedule and location information. 

Continued on-campus safety protocols

COVID-19 leave guidance reminders

Key Metrics

On-campus tests administered since start of fall semester: 53,582
Total vaccines provided at on-campus vaccine clinics: 2,943
Classroom transmission: 0 confirmed cases
Current hospitalizations: 0
Current quarantine/meal support availability: 89% available (11% in use)
Police reports responding to violations of gathering limits (Jan. 1 - present): 12
Active cases in students who live on campus (in residence at time of positive test): 8
Active cases in students who live off campus: 24
Days since campus planning discussions first started around COVID-19: 438
Days since the campus EOC formally activated to coordinate preparedness/response/recovery efforts: 386

Communications and Updates

Spring Commencement

Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for May 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12. Three ceremonies are scheduled for each day.

  • Graduating students who wish to participate in Commencement ceremonies in person must register by April 9. These students received an email on April 1 with a link to register and the university’s commencement website has been updated with this information and other details.

  • All in-person ceremonies will be livestreamed.

  • A virtual conferral of degrees by Chancellor Everts will be posted to the university’s commencement website on May 7.

Continued COVID-19 response efforts

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 regularly with local public health consult with the NCDHHS COVID-19 response team as needed. Read more:

Messages from Chancellor EvertsPrevious COVID-19 update from App StateApp State’s coronavirus website and dashboardResources for faculty and staffDepartment directory

Information Coming Soon

  • Additional information about COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Information about reopening of certain campus facilities.

  • Information for employees working remotely about returning to on-campus work.