• App State has returned to pre-pandemic operations for the Fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. There are no current plans to move in-person classes online. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the latest updates
Fall 2021 Guide to Campus Operations

COVID-19 update from App State — September 17, 2021

Posted 09/17/21 at 5:10 p.m.

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

Each update reflects the latest CDC, State and local public health guidance as of that date and time stamp. Please note this continues to be a developing situation. Links direct to the latest information available. Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.

Fall 2021: Stay Vigilant. Be Resilient.

As the university continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, please be sure to carefully and regularly review messages from App State.

Today is Founders Day on App State’s campus. This weekend marks the first home football game of the season, and we welcome families and guests for Family Weekend. In her Sept. 17 message to campus, Chancellor Everts shared, “As excited as we are to celebrate the ability to come together in person in ways we have not in 18 months, and as weary as we are with the ongoing pandemic, we must continue to incorporate safety precautions into our daily lives and routines.” 

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be our best defense against the virus, and the university continues to strongly encourage all students and employees to get fully vaccinated.

Summary of important reminders:

  • App State offers on-campus COVID-19 testing clinics for students and employees who would like a COVID-19 test each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Legends Dogwood Lot from noon - 4 p.m.

  • FEMA’s mobile vaccine team will offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics — Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen — on App State’s campus for students, employees and community members, Sunday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, Sept. 22.

  • Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not yet uploaded their vaccine status are required to submit lab results of a COVID-19 test each week. This applies to students and employees who will be on any App State property, including satellite locations and internship sites. If you are tested at an App State clinic, the university will have your results, so you do not have to submit them.

Keep reading for full details on COVID-19-related updates and information.

Resources:
App State's Coronavirus siteApp State’s Fall 2021 Guide to Campus OperationsNorth Carolina’s COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 Testing Update

App State continues to hold on-campus COVID-19 testing weekly 

On-campus COVID-19 testing clinics for students and employees who would like a COVID-19 test for any reason are offered each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Legends Dogwood Lot from noon - 4 p.m.

Unvaccinated students and employees must continue to submit lab results of a COVID-19 test each week 

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not yet uploaded their vaccine status are required to submit a COVID-19 test each Friday by 5 p.m. Self-reporting test results must be verified by a testing laboratory (no home test kits) and are monitored for compliance.

Visit the university’s Submit Your COVID-19 Test Results page for full details and see below for additional information about reporting test results. 

Reporting COVID-19 test results and other required reports

Additional COVID-19 reporting

Resources: 
COVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test Results

Vax Up and Mask Up!

FEMA’s mobile vaccine team to offer on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinics, Sept. 19 - 22 

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile vaccine team will offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics — Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen — on App State’s campus for students, employees and community members:

  • AppHealthCare and FEMA will also offer walk-up/drive-up vaccine clinics through Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Watauga Community Recreation Center. Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines will be available.

  • Visit the university’s COVID-19 Vaccines page for other vaccine providers and information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Don’t wait to vaccinate!

  • Vaccinations are safe, effective and our best defense against COVID-19 — especially the highly contagious Delta variant.

  • A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that people who were fully vaccinated had more than 10 times lower risk of being hospitalized or dying with COVID-19 compared with people who were not fully vaccinated.

  • Free COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to anyone 12 and older.

  • CDC recommends that you get vaccinated if you already had COVID-19 because vaccination is a safer way to prevent reinfection. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than two times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

Protect yourself and the people you love with layers of protection

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, talk with your healthcare provider.

Vaccine data

  • As of Sept. 16, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker reports that more than 180 million Americans or about 54% have been fully vaccinated — almost 64% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 

  • As of Sept. 17, North Carolina has administered more than 10.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and 52% of the state’s total population has been fully vaccinated.

  • As of Sept. 17, 93% of employees and 57% of students have reported being fully vaccinated. App State’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated each Monday — it provides a snapshot of the data at the time of each update.   

App State Resources: 
COVID-19 VaccinesFace CoveringsCOVID-19 Testing

Additional COVID-19 vaccine resources: 
Get your COVID-19 vaccination recordVaccines for COVID-19 (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Information (NCDHHS) 

COVID-19 data: 
App State COVID-19 DashboardAppHealthCare dashboardCOVID-19 vaccines dashboard (NCDHHS)COVID Data Tracker (CDC)

Campus Operations

As App State welcomes families and visitors to campus, please remember that face coverings are required in all indoor locations on campus. Additionally, CDC recommends wearing a face covering in crowded outdoor settings.

  • Family Weekend is Sept. 17-19: App State will welcome families to campus for Family Weekend. Visit the Family Weekend site for details, including a schedule of events.

  • App State vs. Elon (ESPN+): On Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m., the Mountaineer football team will take on Elon in Kidd Brewer Stadium, in the first home game of the season. Face coverings are required in all indoor locations at Kidd Brewer Stadium, including restrooms. Stadium visitors can register for temporary AppState-ALERT safety messaging by texting “appstatealert” to 67283. Review App State Athletics’ What’s New for 2021 Football Game Days release for more information.

Additional Information

Please remember the global pandemic is dynamic, and continues to be a rapidly developing situation. Continue to check your App State email regularly — the latest information is also posted to App State’s Coronavirus site.

  • The university will adjust COVID-19 safety protocols, procedure and policy according to the latest federal, state, local and UNC System guidance.

  • Following CDC guidance, App State will use county-based community spread data to determine when requirements can be lessened or lifted. Watauga County’s transmission status is checked at least daily and posted on the university’s homepage, as well as the Coronavirus site

  • If you have questions or concerns about the university’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, please contact the App State’s COVID-19 Call Center at 828-262-2000 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Outside of business hours, you will be prompted to leave a message and someone will return your call.

Additional resources:
Latest UpdatesFace CoveringsCOVID-19 VaccinesReporting COVID-19 Cases
COVID-19 Testing