COVID-19 update from App State — April 22, 2022

Posted 04/22/22 at 3:55 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.

In her April 22 update to campus, Chancellor Everts shared that App State continues to keep a watchful eye on the university’s COVID-19 data and will continue to emphasize the importance of a fully vaccinated university community. She also shared metrics for total tests and vaccines administered on campus, as well as the university’s current vaccination rates — 90% for employees and 82% for students.

Keep reading for the latest public health and campus operational updates as the university prepares for the final weeks of the spring semester.

Public health updates:

As of April 18, CDC’s order requiring face coverings on public transportation — such as AppalCART — and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect.

  • CDC continues to recommend that people wear face coverings in indoor public transportation settings at this time. It is also recommended that travelers review the requirements of their airline or other mode of transportation, as well as any requirements at their destination.

  • Face coverings continue to be required in healthcare settings by federal and state guidelines.

COVID-19 wellness:

Watauga County’s COVID-19 Community Level remains Low, as classified by CDC. 

The university continues to offer vaccines, testing and face coverings free of charge to students, faculty and staff. Please note that some fluctuations in new active COVID-19 cases are expected over the next few weeks; therefore: 

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

Preparing for final exams and the end of the semester:

Wednesday, April 27 is the last day of classes for the spring 2022 semester. As we enter the final weeks of the semester and plan for exams and commencement, note these key dates and updates.

Spring Commencement

App State will celebrate its newest graduates at Spring 2022 Commencement on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.

Preparing for final exams

Final exams will be held Friday, April 29 through Thursday, May 5view the exam schedule.

Additional resources for students:
Case ManagementAcademic AffairsMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreCareer Development CenterWellness and Prevention Services

Preparing for the end of the semester

Operations updates

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