COVID-19 update from App State — April 1, 2022

Posted 04/01/22 at 3:40 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’ April 1 update to campus shared that student vaccination increased to 82% this week, and that this update would be reflected in App State’s April 4 dashboard update.

She also thanked students and employees for their continued dedication in protecting the community against severe impacts of COVID-19, and reminded campus that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available for students, faculty, staff and community members at Student Health Service. She continues to provide $50 Amazon cards to students and employees who get COVID-19 vaccines and boosters on campus.

Latest public health updates:

According to CDC, data continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals both from infection and severe COVID-19. 

On March 29, CDC recommended second booster doses of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain populations that received an initial booster dose at least four months ago:

Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if a second booster dose is right for you.

COVID-19 information and wellness reminders:

The university continues to offer vaccines, testing and face coverings free of charge to students, faculty and staff.

As of Friday, April 1, Watauga County remains listed as low on CDC's COVID-19 Community Levels metric, with these recommended mitigation measures:

Visit the university’s Health and Safety page for more information about App State community standards to protect yourself and others.

Keep submitting the following to the university:
Vaccination recordsPositive COVID-19 tests collected off campusSelf report illness/exposureCare and concern reports for concerns about others

App State health and wellness resources:
Counseling CenterCounseling for Faculty and Staff Employee Assistance Program Health Promotion for Faculty and StaffMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreStudent Health ServiceUniversity Recreation Wellness and Prevention Services

Additional COVID-19 information:

Visit the App State coronavirus website for the latest updates. 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 COVID-19 resources: 
Latest UpdatesCOVID-19 VaccinesCOVID-19 Testing and ReportingIsolation and ExposureHealth and SafetyCOVID-19 Dashboard

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