• 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 — October 1, 2021

Posted 10/01/21 at 4:40 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 Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.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 Oct. 1 message to campus, Chancellor Everts reported the campus vaccination rate has increased to 64%, the student rate has risen to 60% and the employee rate remains steady at 94%.

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 information:

  • App State’s Student Health Service provides vaccines (as well as additional doses and booster shots for eligible individuals) to students, faculty and staff. The university has doses of Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines. Additional information is available on App State's COVID-19 Vaccines page.

  • This fall and winter – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) urge: don’t wait to vaccinate for flu and COVID-19. On-campus flu vaccine clinics for students will be held Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 18.

  • App State continues to offer 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.

  • Fall break is Oct. 11-12. Review CDC’s travel guidance if you plan to travel, and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms:
    • Vaccinated — get tested if you develop symptoms or 3-5 days after an exposure, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
    • Unvaccinated — get tested as a precaution and quarantine for 14 days after an exposure.

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

Where to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine

App State’s Student Health Service provides vaccines for students, faculty and staff. Call 828-262-3100 for an appointment. The university has doses of Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines. Visit the university’s COVID-19 Vaccines page for information about other vaccine providers and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Resources:
COVID-19 VaccinesWho Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot? (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Additional Doses (NCDHHS)

Layer Your Protections to Protect Yourself and Others

CDC and NCDHHS are urging everyone to get vaccinated against the flu as well as COVID-19.

Where can I get a flu vaccine?

  • Student Health Service and Wellness and Prevention Services will host on-campus student flu shot clinics on Oct. 7, 14 and 18. Bring your AppCard and proof of insurance. No appointments needed.

  • Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff will share information about on-campus flu shot clinics for employees soon.

  • More information about flu is available online at flu.nc.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine data

  • As of Sept. 30, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker reports that more than 184 million Americans or about 56% have been fully vaccinated — 65% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 

  • As of Oct. 1, North Carolina has administered more than 11.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of the state’s adult population, 64% has been vaccinated, and 53% of the state’s total population has been fully vaccinated. 

COVID-19 vaccine resources:
COVID-19 VaccinesGet your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS)Vaccines 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)

COVID-19 Testing Reminder

Remember: get tested for COVID-19 if you exhibit symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated.

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. — bring your AppCard and have your Banner ID ready. 

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 must submit a laboratory-verified COVID-19 test each Friday by 5 p.m. — home test kits are not accepted.

  • 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.

  • If you get tested off-campus, submit your test results, regardless of your vaccine status.

  • Visit the university’s Reporting page for more information about how to report COVID-19 test results, as well as illness and exposure.

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

Fall Break Travel Guidance

App State’s fall break is Oct. 11 and 12. Students and employees who will be participating in work-related domestic travel requiring an overnight stay should review the university’s Work-related Travel page for instructions and resources. 

All students and employees who will be traveling over fall break should consider the following:

  • CDC says that people who are vaccinated can travel but should take precautions, including:

    • Review and consider transmission rates of all areas that you plan to visit, as well as the associated COVID-19 risk.

    • Review and follow all state and local face covering requirements and other COVID-19-related requirements.

    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel — get tested if you develop symptoms. 

  • If you are planning to attend gatherings during fall break:

    • Gather outside whenever possible, especially if there is a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

    • Wear a face covering in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. Consider wearing one in crowded outdoor settings.

    • If you are vaccinated, talk with family and friends who are still unvaccinated about the benefits of the vaccine and consider taking them to get vaccinated during the break

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms:

    • Vaccinated — get tested if you develop symptoms or 3-5 days after an exposure, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

    • Unvaccinated — get tested as a precaution and quarantine for 14 days after an exposure.

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 faculty and staff. 

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