COVID-19 update from App State — April 8, 2022

Posted 04/08/22 at 5:10 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. Read her weekly messages to campus.

Watauga County’s COVID-19 Community Level is Low, as classified by CDC. Read more information and recommended action steps.

Campus wellness events and reminders:

Campus wellness events

  • Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff will sponsor a blood drive on April 22 from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room (226) of the Plemmons Student Union. To register, visit the Red Cross Blood Services page and enter sponsor code “Health Promotion” or call 828-262-6314.

COVID-19 wellness reminders

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

  • Stay up-to-date with vaccinations.

    • Primary vaccine series and booster appointments, as well as second booster appointments for eligible individuals, are available at Student Health Service for students, employees and community members. Call 828-262-3100 for an appointment.

    • Individuals may receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster regardless of their primary series.

    • Students and employees who get a primary or booster vaccine dose at Student Health Service will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

    • Community members can also make primary and booster vaccine appointments, including second boosters if eligible, at AppHealthCare. Visit AppHealthCare’s Vaccinations page for more information. 

  • Take extra precautions if you are at high risk for severe disease.

  • Follow CDC guidance for isolation and get tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms. Free, on-campus, walk-in testing clinics continue weekly, and students with symptoms can also make appointments at Student Health Service.

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 StaffEmployee Assistance Program Health Promotion for Faculty and StaffMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreStudent Health ServiceUniversity RecreationWellness 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 HubCDC’s Quarantine and Isolation calculator