Campus COVID-19 update, and looking ahead

NC State community,

We continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on NC State’s students, faculty and staff. Thank you for all you continue to do to keep our campus safe and healthy, and to keep us moving ahead this semester. This email contains important information and updates about our community’s vaccination rates, how we track data and how we conduct contact tracing and quarantine. Please read this message carefully, and keep checking the Protect the Pack website for the most recent updates. 

Vaccination Rates

To date, about 66% of our community has verified being fully vaccinated, and the number is rising. This figure is inclusive of vaccines administered on campus and off-campus vaccinations verified by uploads to the HealthyPack Portal. Thousands of members of our community have uploaded their vaccine information in the past several weeks, and our team at Student Health Services is working as quickly as possible to validate these records. Please do not upload your records more than once; this creates duplicate information and slows down the validation process. 

We need your help to get this number higher and keep our Pack safe. If you have not yet done so, please upload your vaccine status or schedule your appointment for an on-campus vaccine today. Booster shots are not yet available, but we anticipate being able to start administering them later this month. Stay tuned for more information.

Data Tracking

We recently updated our COVID-19 Data Tracking page on the Protect the Pack website to provide improved functionality and usability. We’re tracking positive cases that individuals self-report to us, positive cases identified in our on-campus testing program and quarantine and isolation numbers. These updates are made every weekday. We also provide updated vaccination information on a weekly basis. A few things to note about the data:

  • If we have a cluster (five or more cases that have an epidemiologic link) to report, it will be listed on our Cluster Updates page and shared on NC State’s WolfAlert Twitter feed
  • If you notice that the most current data is not showing (i.e., the most recent data has dropped off), please refresh your browser. 

Contact Tracing and Quarantine/Isolation

Our contact-tracing team has been successful in quickly isolating positive cases and quarantining close contacts. If an individual tests positive through our on-campus testing program, or if they self-report a positive test result to the university, we will notify close contacts as part of our contact-tracing program. If you are not notified, you are not identified as a close contact. However, the university may also notify larger groups (i.e., members of a full in-person class) about a positive case in situations where it’s difficult to identify potential close contacts. In these communications, our contact-tracing team will advise individuals about whether they need to quarantine or get tested, based on their potential exposure.

Looking Ahead

NC State remains committed to providing a safe, positive and rewarding in-person and on-campus experience for our community this semester. To do that, each and every member of the Pack needs to continue doing their part. 

This means wearing your face covering properly while indoors, staying home if you feel sick, getting tested if it’s recommended, participating in the contact-tracing process, quarantining or isolating as directed by health officials, and — most importantly — getting your vaccine. 

Thank you all for doing your part to keep the Pack on track.