COVID-19 update from App State — November 5, 2021

Posted 11/05/21 at 4:30 p.m.

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

Each update reflects the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health guidance as of that date and time stamp. Please note the pandemic continues to be a developing situation. Links direct you 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 Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.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 Nov. 5 message to campus, Chancellor Sheri Everts reminded the campus community that the university continues to encourage vaccination, makes testing readily available and shares up-to-date data weekly on the COVID-19 Dashboard. She reported the latest vaccination rates for students and employees, and shared on-campus COVID-19 test positivity rates.

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

Upload Proof of Full Vaccination or Get Tested Weekly!

Upload proof of full vaccination now

Students, faculty and staff who have not already done so should upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status now. Because we cannot access your medical records without your permission, this includes anyone who was vaccinated on campus.  

Employees were asked to upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status by Oct. 29. As of Nov. 1, employee attestation records are no longer being honored.

Once the university receives your information, you will be:

Get tested weekly if you have not uploaded proof of full vaccination 

Students and employees who have not uploaded proof of full COVID-19 vaccination are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing (until a vaccine record has been received and reviewed). 

If you don’t want to submit weekly COVID-19 tests, get vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit your fully vaccinated status to the university. 

  • Bring your AppCard and have your Banner ID ready for on-campus COVID-19 testing clinics. When you are tested on campus, your results are provided to the university, which conducts the testing.

    • COVID-19 tests can be conducted outside of a medical facility, such as on a university campus, and results can be provided to the managing facility.  Unlike COVID-19 tests, COVID-19 vaccines are administered in clinic settings and the record must be provided by the individual.

  • If you are tested off campus, review instructions and submit your results via the university’s Submit Your COVID-19 Test Results page.

  • Students and employees may take an on-campus COVID-19 test for any reason. You should get tested for COVID-19 if you exhibit symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine resources: 
Submit proof of vaccinationGet your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS) 

Testing resources:
COVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test ResultsReporting COVID-19 Cases

Vax Up: Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines Protect You and Your Family

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

A new CDC study reinforces that COVID-19 vaccination offers better protection than a previous COVID-19 infection — data demonstrates that vaccination provides a higher, more robust and more consistent level of immunity to protect people from hospitalization.

Where can I get a flu vaccine?

CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine, booster or additional dose?

All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

  • Student Health Service (SHS) continues to provide COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and additional doses to students, faculty and staff. Call 828-262-3100 for an appointment.

  • If you are requesting a booster or additional dose, bring your vaccination card so that SHS can verify the date when you were fully vaccinated.

CDC recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11

Flu vaccine resources:
Flu vaccine finderFlu 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)COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens (CDC) •  Vaccines for children ages 5-11 (NCDHHS)

COVID-19 booster resources: 
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters (NCDHHS)

COVID-19 Data

  • As of Nov. 4, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker reports that more than 193 million Americans, or about 58%, have been fully vaccinated — about 67% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 

  • As of Nov. 5, North Carolina has administered more than 11.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of the state’s adult population, 67% has been fully vaccinated, and 56% of the state’s total population has been fully vaccinated.

  • Reminder: App State’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated each Monday. As of Nov. 1, the dashboard now reflects:

    • The rate of employees who have uploaded proof of vaccination.

    • The vaccination rate of students who are participating in on-campus classes and activities (excluding students who attend online or remotely, do not come to campus, are not traveling, and are not placed in internships, practicums, or other off-campus university assignments).

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

Resources for Students

Students, as the end of the fall semester approaches, remember your wellness and academic resources:

Additional resources for students:
Academic AffairsOffice of the Dean of StudentsMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreWellness resources for studentsCareer Development Center

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