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Please visit the NC State Protect the Pack website for the most current information.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Effective Monday, Feb. 28, weekly testing will not be required for individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination to the university.Students, faculty and staff will continue to have access to free COVID-19 testing on campus. No appointments are required. All testing locations are remaining open, although hours may be adjusted. For more information on testing schedules and locations, please click here

On-campus PCR COVID-19 testing remains available free of charge for all in the NC State community; check here for testing locations and hours. Please note that antigen tests are not available on campus and are not provided by the university. 

New Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

NC State is following updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine, issued on Dec. 27, 2021. Please click here to review the most up-to-date isolation and quarantine guidance from the university.

Providing Vaccine and Booster Records

As stated above, to be exempt from required weekly testing, students, faculty and staff must provide proof of vaccination to NC State. In addition to primary vaccinations, NC State is asking all students, faculty and staff to provide booster records to the university. Boosters are not required for weekly testing exemptions; however, booster shots can affect quarantine decisions made in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

For more information on uploading your records, please click here. To schedule a vaccine or booster appointment on campus, please click here

Face Coverings

Effective Monday, Feb. 28, face coverings will not be required in most indoor spaces on campus. Face coverings will remain mandatory in classrooms and other specific high-density spaces where individuals are required to be in close contact for extended periods of time.Regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, face coverings will still be required for the following locations and situations:
In classrooms and instructional settings.
In laboratories.
On Wolfline buses.
In clinical spaces, including the Student Health Center and the Veterinary Hospital.
For employees working in dining and other food-contact locations.

Although face coverings will not be required in other indoor or outdoor spaces, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so.

For more information about the face covering policy and exemptions to the requirement, please click here

Looking Ahead

The university will continue closely monitoring COVID-19 conditions and following the guidance of health care officials, and we will update the campus community about any changes to our safety measures. Check for updates and information on the Protect the Pack website, and email covidresources@ncsu.edu with any COVID-related questions.

More Resources

FAQ & Spring Operations Planning and COVID Testing

Return to campus checklist for supervisors

Return to campus checklist for employees

Employees identified for required return to campus testing will receive an email from University Human Resources, including information on testing opportunities and instructions on result upload, early next week. The result upload portal will be live on January 2, 2021, the same day testing will begin on campus.

Students living on or returning to campus in various capacities will receive testing information from University Housing/Enrollment Management in the near future.

Contractors/Visitors are not required to be tested or provide results when on campus beginning in January. Should this expectation change, that information will be shared widely.
Below are the current COVID-19 Guidelines for the Department of Mathematics. These guidelines provide expectations, responsibilities, and lines of communication for responding to reports of positive COVID-19 tests for individuals in the Department of Mathematics.

1. Guidance is available on addressing symptomatic or presumed positive individuals in your campus setting. This provides quick actions, follow-up expectations and reporting links. The NC State contact tracing system is designed to protect privacy. The Department of Mathematics administration is not contacted about new cases by Student Health Services (SHS) unless its members are considered close contacts. 

2. Department administration does not carry out contact tracing. That responsibility is carried out by professionals at SHS. People may be advised by department administration to self-quarantine while waiting for a risk assessment from the Contact Tracing Team. Supervisors who have been notified of a positive or presumed COVID-19 case by their direct report can also use this information as they see fit while respecting any privacy concerns the direct report might have. 

3. You are asked to self-report to SHS if you test positive for COVID-19 or if a health care provider tells you that you are presumed positive. You are also encouraged to let your supervisor know if you test positive or are presumed positive. These are the most reliable ways of protecting others once you are ill. If you are a graduate student, your supervisor is the corresponding Director of Graduate program to which you belong. If you are an undergraduate working, your supervisor would be considered the Director of Undergraduate Programs. If you are a postdoc, your supervisor has been formally assigned. Staff members are each assigned a supervisor by Human Resources. The department head is the supervisor for all faculty members. 

4. The department administration, in accordance with guidance from SHS, will only initiate appropriate communications when information about positive tests is received directly from the university contact tracing program, from individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, or from supervisors who have permission from COVID-19-positive individuals to share information that is useful to alert potential close contacts (e.g., building, floors and dates visited). Names, room numbers or other potential identifiers will not be shared without the expressed permission of the person tested or presumed COVID-19 positive. 

5. Use the SlowCOVIDNC app. This free app, developed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, notifies you if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result. Learn more about how the app works. We highly recommend and encourage your participation in this state health department contact tracing program. This provides an additional contact tracing mechanism independent of the university. Apps like this rely on large numbers of users to provide effective contact tracing. The app will be more effective if most of our department members use it. 

6. Anyone who learns of the COVID-19 status of another individual should respect their right to privacy and only disseminate information if they have received permission to do so. 

7. All graduate students and undergraduates can get tested for COVID-19 at Student Health Services. Faculty and staff who are identified by the Contact Tracing Program can get tested through Student Health Services. Any other faculty and staff can get tested at various locations (e.g., statewide, Wake County and Johnston County). Optimally, tests should be taken between 4-6 days after exposure.

8. If you are a supervisor who has been notified by a direct report that they have tested positive for COVID-19, contact the university’s Emergency Management and Mission Continuity (EMMC) unit at 919.515.9657. EMMC will provide guidance on contact tracing, whether to sanitize shared equipment, and whether to close the workspace. Ask the individual to adhere to the university’s community standards and guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or from the date of the test if there are no symptoms. If the person self-reporting has provided permission to notify others, contact the department head (Alina Chertock, chertock@math.ncsu.edu) and the associate department head (Hien Tran, tran@ncsu.edu) to facilitate prompt response by departmental administration. For any other person who has been in close contact with an infectious individual or for which there is reason to believe they may have been exposed, the CDC recommends at least 14 days of quarantine from the time of last contact with an infected person. Testing during quarantine does not change the duration of quarantine. It would inform the individual if they are, themselves, now infected. 

9. If you are not comfortable reporting a positive COVID-19 test result to your supervisor, please consider contacting Alina Chertock (chertock@math.ncsu.edu), Hien Tran (tran@ncsu.edu) or Alan Porch (laporch@ncsu.edu). They will provide further guidance in relation to NC State guidelines. 

10. SHS, EMMC and the Office of Research and Innovation are continually monitoring COVID-19 and will issue immediate decisions on whether to close space/buildings or to take other actions such as reducing occupancy density. In addition, the department administration will evaluate ongoing conditions and operations and make adjustments as necessary. 

This pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone in the Department of Mathematics. As questions and speculations swirl, we struggle to sort through our feelings and reactions. The department is committed to your safety. Our pride in the work every employee and student contribute has never been greater and will never waiver. We encourage every member of our department to reach out if you require support and assistance during these difficult times, especially for those who may be experiencing mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. In addition to your fellow department members, NC State also offers resources to assist you if needed. 

Additional Resources: 

Protect the Pack

NC State Covid Information

NC State Counseling Center 

For graduate students, contact Tina Yang, LCSW, Triage Counselor at the Counseling Center, tyyang22@ncsu.edu 

Where to get tested

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program 

Ethics Point Hotline