COVID-19 update from App State — October 15, 2021

Posted 10/15/21 at 6:05 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 Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.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. 15 message to campus, Chancellor Sheri Everts thanked the campus community for their continued diligence in following COVID-19 safety protocols, and announced that all employees are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination — the same documentation the university has been requiring from students since the beginning of the semester. Previously, employees have been asked to affirm their vaccine status. See below for additional information and instructions for employees.

Summary of important information:

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

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

Students, Faculty and Staff Must Upload Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Submit COVID-19 Test Results Weekly

If you lose your vaccination card or need a digital copy: View, download or print your vaccine record if you were vaccinated by a North Carolina provider and provided your email address.

Instructions for students:

Instructions for faculty and staff:

Vax Up!

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.

Additionally, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated against the flu as well as COVID-19 — these vaccines can be given at the same time.

  • Students: Student Health Service and Wellness and Prevention Services will host an on-campus student flu shot clinic on Oct. 18. Bring your AppCard and proof of insurance. No appointments needed.

  • Faculty and staff: Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff will host an on-campus flu shot clinic for employees, retirees and spouses on Oct. 22 as part of their Employee Health and Wellness Fair. Appointments are required — bring your AppCard, photo ID and proof of insurance.

  • App State’s Student Health Service provides COVID-19 vaccines (as well as additional doses and booster shots for eligible individuals) to students, faculty and staff — call 828-262-3100 for an appointment. 

Additional information is available on the university’s COVID-19 Vaccines page. Consult your health care provider if you have questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Vaccine data

  • As of Oct. 15, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker reports that more than 188 million Americans, or almost 57%, have been fully vaccinated — about 66% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

  • As of Oct. 15, North Carolina has administered more than 11.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of the state’s adult population, 65% has been fully vaccinated, and 54% of the state’s total population has been fully vaccinated.

  • This week, NCDHHS further expanded its vaccine data dashboard to provide more statewide demographic data for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Flu vaccine resources:
Flu vaccine guidance (CDC)FAQ Flu Questions: 2021-22 Season (CDC)Flu vaccine guidance (NCDHHS)

COVID-19 vaccine resources: 
COVID-19 VaccinesGet your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS)Vaccines for COVID-19 (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Information (NCDHHS)Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot? (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Additional Doses (NCDHHS)

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

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting Reminders

COVID-19 testing

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

COVID-19 reporting

Visit the university’s Reporting page to:

  • Self-report illness, exposure and quarantine orders, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Report off-campus COVID-19 tests and results, whether positive or negative, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Submit a care and concern report — use this form if you have health-related concerns about a student or co-worker or if you have concerns about someone who is not complying with COVID-19 safety policies and procedures.

What happens if someone isn’t following testing or reporting requirements?

The university monitors all test submissions each week — from on-campus testing clinics and those submitted from off-campus locations. COVID-19 vaccine record submissions are also monitored. 

  • App State’s Department of Environmental Health Safety and Emergency Management works closely with the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Human Resources to ensure policy compliance.

  • Noncompliant students and employees are contacted by the university directly with instructions, including how to upload vaccine status.

  • For employees, failure to comply with university workplace safety requirements is cause for disciplinary action. Supervisors are notified if employees are not complying with weekly testing requirements.

  • The Office of Student Conduct’s COVID-19 FAQ page outlines campus requirements and expectations for students, including educational sanctions for noncompliance. It also includes guidance information for faculty and staff.

COVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test ResultsCOVID-19 VaccinesGet your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS)Reporting COVID-19 CasesCOVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test Results

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 adjusts COVID-19 safety protocols, procedure and policy according to the latest federal, state, local and UNC System guidance.

  • Following CDC guidance, App State uses county-based community spread data to determine when requirements can be lessened or lifted.  

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