BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University has developed a coronavirus information website to provide the latest university information and guidance related to COVID-19, including the following:
- The latest updates concerning university operations for students, faculty and staff, as well as COVID-19 information specific to multiple campus units.
- Preventative measures to take to avoid contracting and/or spreading the virus and steps to take if you think you may have COVID-19, as well as the actions Appalachian is taking to prevent COVID-19 on campus and protect students.
- Resources for health care guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), U.S. Department of State (State Department) and Appalachian Regional Healthcare Department (AppHealthCare).
In a message to campus last week, Chancellor Sheri Everts said, “Across our campus, faculty, staff and students are exhibiting tremendous ingenuity, determination and resourcefulness as we pull together to safeguard and protect our community. Please know I recognize and appreciate your efforts. Be assured, we are working together to keep our community safe and our academic mission on course.”
Appalachian remains open and is making operational modifications and taking precautions to support social distancing. The university has extended its spring break until 8 a.m. March 23, after which time in-person instruction will transition to online courses and other alternative course delivery methods.
“Our faculty and staff are employing their expertise to quickly and creatively address many questions and logistical considerations, and I greatly appreciate their resourcefulness and expertise,” Everts said.
The university’s emergency response team is working closely with AppHealthCare, NCDHHS and the University of North Carolina System to monitor the COVID-19 situation and prepare in the event it should affect Appalachian’s campus.
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.