• 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 24, 2021

Posted 09/24/21 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 Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.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.

In her Sept. 24 message to campus, Chancellor Everts reported increased vaccination rates and decreasing active case counts on campus, and downward favorable trends in Watauga County and statewide.

At a Sept. 21 North Carolina emergency briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), highlighted an important milestone for North Carolina: North Carolina has administered over 11 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 63 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains our best defense against the virus, including the Delta variant, 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, inside Legends from noon - 4 p.m. 

  • 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 — even intermittently. If you are tested at an App State clinic, the university will have your results, so you do not have to submit them.

  • On Sept. 22, some students and employees received fraudulent emails claiming to contain COVID-19 test results in an attempt to access personal information. Our information security team intercepted these emails and removed them from campus email inboxes. Keep reading to find out how to protect yourself from these and other phishing attempts.

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

Important Information Security Update

COVID-19-related fraudulent emails

On Sept. 22, some students and employees received fraudulent emails claiming to contain COVID-19 test results. App State’s Information Security team removed these emails from inboxes and contacted individuals who opened the attachment with further instructions. 

Please be aware that there are many online fraud attempts that are attempting to use the COVID-19 situation as a pretext to target the personal information of students and employees.

Protect yourself from these and other phishing attempts:

  • Official communications from the university regarding COVID-19 response are posted to the App State Coronavirus Information site — you can find and verify these communications on the Latest Updates page.

  • When you are tested for COVID-19, ask the officials at the testing site how you can expect to receive your results.

  • If you ever have doubts about an email, NEVER open an attachment or click on included links. If you receive an email to your appstate.edu email account that raises any question in your mind about its legitimacy, forward the email to phishing@appstate.edu.

  • Review ITS’s Protect Yourself from Phishing Attempts page for additional information about how to protect yourself from phishing scams. 

App State’s Information Security team continues to track and respond to these attacks as they are detected. They work every day to keep your information secure, and will alert campus to additional fraudulent activity as needed.

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, inside Legends from noon - 4 p.m. Check the university’s COVID-19 Testing page for the latest schedule of upcoming testing events, as days, times and locations are subject to change.

Required reporting of COVID-19 test results and other required reports

Students and employees who are unvaccinated or who have not yet uploaded their vaccine status are required to continue submitting 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 Reporting page for more information about how to report COVID-19 test results, as well as illness and exposure.

  • If you get tested at an on-campus testing clinic, you DO NOT need to submit your COVID-19 test results. These are automatically provided to the university.

  • ALL students and employees who get a COVID-19 test at an off-campus location are required to submit positive or negative test results, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • If you get tested off-campus, use these links to submit your test results:

New quarantine and isolation guidance

On Sept. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Quarantine and Isolation guidance — review this page for steps to take if you need to quarantine or isolate.

  • Additionally, visit CDC’s What to Do If You Are Sick page for steps to prevent the spread of the virus if you are sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

  • As a reminder, if you live in a residence hall and are required to quarantine or isolate, you must return home for that period, with very limited exceptions.

  • Please also note that App State follows CDC isolation and quarantine protocols for all students and employees who are required to quarantine by public health.

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

Vax Up and Mask Up!

Don’t wait to vaccinate!

Vaccines are safe, effective and continue to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths. Free COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to anyone 12 and older. 

The bottom line: vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19 — especially the highly contagious Delta variant.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, talk with your healthcare provider. Visit the university’s COVID-19 Vaccines page for vaccine providers and information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine data

  • As of Sept. 23, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker reports that more than 182 million Americans or about 55% have been fully vaccinated — 64% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 

  • As of Sept. 24, North Carolina has administered more than 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and 53% of the state’s total population has been fully vaccinated. 

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

Upcoming events

As App State continues to welcome families and visitors to campus, please remember that face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations — CDC continues to recommend wearing a face covering in crowded outdoor settings. 

Additional Information

Please remember the global pandemic is dynamic, and continues to be a rapidly developing situation. Continue to read 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.  

  • 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.

Coming soon:

  • Information about upcoming flu shot clinics for students, faculty and staff. 

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