Best for the Nest

Students

A COVID-19 Update from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs

August 27, 2021

Dear Students:

We hope that the fall semester is off to a strong start for you, with new classes, great friendships and other memorable activities. Many of you have fully embraced the university’s COVID-19 protocols. Thank you. Your continued commitment to these efforts will remain important as we navigate the rest of the semester.

As you may know, UNCW has experienced an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 test results, and our community and state continue to see increased spread of the Delta variant. For some in our community, that may mean isolation or quarantine; for others, it may include working from home to attend to their own health or their family’s needs. To best support students and faculty under these changing conditions, some courses, labs and sections may temporarily be modified to an alternate format/modality through Sept. 17, 2021. If your course modality is approved to change, your faculty will communicate that information to you directly.

Most Student Affairs social programs, events and activities that do not have a direct academic component will be moved to a virtual format until Sept. 17. Some events that are directly related to an academic component will still occur, following proper COVID-19 safety protocols.

Please see more from Provost Winebrake and Vice Chancellor Davis here.

 


Please stay tuned to your campus inboxes, the university’s homepage and our Best for the Nest website for COVID-19 updates. To further support health conditions on campus and in our community, please consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already – we offer them on campus at the Student Health Center. They are our best defense against the virus. Need more information? Contact coronavirus@uncw.edu. 

Helpful Links

General Updates

Vaccine Information and Resources

Surveillance Testing

 

Questions: 

  • Check out the "Best for the Nest" FAQ for the answers to many common inquiries.
  • Contact ehs@uncw.edu for information about health and safety guidelines. 
  • Contact coronavirus@uncw.edu with questions about COVID.

Face Coverings


Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Fall 2021 COVID-19 Updates from UNCW

Sept. 13, 2021

Earlier this summer, when we announced a COVID-19 indoor face covering requirement to begin the fall semester, we indicated that we would provide you with an update on its status by or before Sept. 17. Since then, as the campus leadership team added layers of health and safety protocols to expand pandemic protections, we used Sept. 17 as a touchstone to revisit them. 

We are encouraged by the general downward trend in the university’s positive COVID-19 cases and the upward trend in vaccinations among students, faculty and staff. We are going to keep the momentum going by maintaining our focus on efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic-related guidance in place now will remain in effect until Oct. 15, based on the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its variants.  

We will consider several factors when making the decision to alter COVID-19 guidance, including CDC, NCDHHS, and UNC System policies; local public health guidance; the level of transmission in North Carolina; and the overall vaccination rate in our state. Ideally, vaccination rates in our state will continue to increase to a large percentage of the population overall, a level that public health experts indicate would provide greater protection against COVID-19 and its variants. 

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Daily Health Assessment 


Students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus will be expected to complete a personal daily health assessment. Please check your temperature and perform the health assessment below on a daily basis prior to coming to campus.

Daily Healthy Assessment:

  • Temperature above 100 degrees
  • Cough and/or shortness of breath (or difficulty breathing)
  • Chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or recent history of fever
  • Contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus. People with the above symptoms may have COVID-19. Do not participate in campus jobs, classes or activities until cleared by your medical provider. 

Students and employees should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms should take personal responsibility to stay in their residence hall room or at their off-campus living location (apartment, home, etc.). If you need medical treatment, call your medical provider to let them know you have symptoms before you show up for an appointment and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu.   

Employees who are exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms should contact their health care provider (let them know you have symptoms when making an appointment), notify your supervisor and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu

If You are Ill


If you suspect you are ill, it is critical to help protect the campus and our community from the spread of COVID-19. Students and employees should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms should take personal responsibility to stay in their residence hall room or at their off-campus living location (apartment, home, etc.). If you need medical treatment, call your medical provider to let them know you have symptoms before you show up for an appointment and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.eduCOVID-19 Decision Tree for Students with Close Contact (PDF)

Employees who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact their your health care provider (let them know you have symptoms when making an appointment), notify your supervisor and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.eduCOVID-19 Exposure Decision Tree (PDF)

 

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