Personal Precautions

To keep the Wolfpack safe and healthy, every member of our community should follow these steps and be considerate of those around them.

Students returned to campus for the fall 2020 semester to find portions of the DH Hill Library renovated and ready for socially distant studying.

How to Combat COVID-19

As members of the NC State community, we have a responsibility to do everything we reasonably can to keep those around us safe and healthy.

  • Make sure you know the symptoms of COVID-19 — and when it’s appropriate to self-quarantine and seek medical attention.
  • Do all you can to reduce the spread of this new disease by taking simple precautions and following the university’s guidance.
  • Inform the university and its health care professionals if you’ve tested positive for the novel coronavirus so we can conduct contact tracing and support your needs.
  • Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in North Carolina COVID-19 tracing program, SlowCOVIDNC. To participate, users should download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and turn on notifications.

It’s on all of us to protect the Wolfpack.

Know the Symptoms

The novel coronavirus that has affected millions of people around the world is a new infectious pathogen that hasn’t been previously identified. People infected with this virus may have mild to severe symptoms and may spread the coronavirus to others even if they don’t have symptoms. The novel coronavirus is responsible for an acute respiratory syndrome called COVID-19 that affects the lungs and other organs.

Most people who have COVID-19 begin to show symptoms two to 14 days after they’re exposed to the novel coronavirus. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should stay home and seek health care:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat (secondary symptom)

If you are a student, you can call Student Health Services at 919-515-2563 for an appointment.

If you are a faculty or staff member with any of the symptoms listed above, you should stay home, notify your supervisor and follow CDC guidelines to determine whether you should seek medical care.

Follow the Steps

Every member of the Wolfpack has a vital role to play in reducing the spread of the new coronavirus and keeping our campus community safe. The good news is that you’re probably already familiar with these six simple steps that can greatly reduce transmission of the disease:

  1. If you feel sick, stay home.
  2. Stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible.
  3. Wear a face covering when close to others (6 feet away or less).
  4. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  5. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  6. Disinfect surfaces and objects, especially those frequently touched.

More detailed guidance is available below.

Physical Distancing

  • Members of the campus community are expected to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever possible.
  • Many campus buildings and spaces now have visible reminders encouraging physical distancing, such as floor tape indicating 6 feet of distance, rearranged furniture and signs indicating traffic flow. Please follow the signs directing traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevators and other common areas.
  • Love the Pack but don’t pack the elevators. Maintain a safe distance inside elevators.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands before and after meals and whenever you cough or sneeze. When you wash your hands, wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, you may use hand sanitizer. NC State has increased the number of hand sanitizer stations across campus.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow — not with your hands. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands. You should also avoid touching your face.

Face Coverings

  • A face covering is an added layer of safety while in a public space. Face coverings are in addition to, not a substitution for, physical distancing, hand hygiene and staying home when sick.
  • Effective July 1 and throughout at least the fall 2020 semester, students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in all NC State buildings and in all university programs held in nonuniversity buildings. This includes face coverings being worn at all times in classrooms and laboratories.
  • Face covering exceptions include private offices and residence hall rooms when alone or with a roommate. Individuals are also not required to wear a face covering when they are not in close contact with someone else, such as walking alone in an uncrowded outdoor location.
  • Everyone on campus is expected to carry a face covering at all times, in case they encounter an unforeseen situation where at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Such situations are likely to occur in hallways, stairwells, elevators, restrooms, kitchens and break rooms, for example.
  • The university will provide face coverings during the reactivation of campus operations in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • In some special circumstances, the university will make adjustments to campus safety standards on a case-by-case basis.

Last updated: Sept. 22, 2020