Have a safe, smart Labor Day weekend

NC State community,

Thank you for a great start to the fall 2021 semester. It has been wonderful to see so much activity and energy back on campus. Thank you especially for following the university’s community standards and doing your part to keep our Wolfpack safe and healthy.

Your efforts, in combination with the university’s robust testing and contact-tracing program, have helped to greatly slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To date, of the more than 26,000 COVID-19 tests we’ve administered on campus this semester, only about 1% have been positive. You can see more results of our collective efforts to stay safe on the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.

We’re off to a strong start, but it is the responsibility of each of us to continue this trend and keep our Pack on track.

As you set out to enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend, please remain committed to following important safety standards — wherever you are — which include properly wearing face coverings indoors and when around large groups of people outside, washing your hands often and staying home when sick. Take precautions to stay safe while traveling and if attending any gatherings. Remain diligent in your efforts to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe and healthy. And remember that the university offers free testing at several sites on campus that will be ready for you when you return.

If you don’t have any weekend plans, it’s a great time to make an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already received yours. The vaccine is safe, effective and free, and it gets you out of mandatory weekly campus testing for those who have not yet provided proof of vaccination.

I hope you all have a very enjoyable long weekend, and I look forward to seeing you safely back on campus Tuesday.

Go Pack!

Randy Woodson