NC State has implemented a COVID-19 testing protocol for the Spring 2021 semester. Effective January 26, 2021, all international travelers will need to get tested no more than 3 days prior to travel by air into the United States and show negative results to the airline before boarding your flight, or in lieu of a negative test result provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the form of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or public health official that you were cleared to travel.
In addition, all arriving international travelers must get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
IMPORTANT: Even if you test negative, you must self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If you test positive, you should isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. If you are unable to get tested upon entry, travelers are advised to self-quarantine for 10 full days after travel. In all circumstances, travelers are advised to avoid being around other people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
A helpful FAQ has also been provided by the CDC, in addition to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State. OIS is unable to provide additional guidance regarding testing outside of the U.S. or requirements for boarding other than what is mentioned here.
All students and scholars are reminded of the COVID-19 community standards that require compliance with all directions given by university officials and public health authorities.
Social distancing is designed to limit the spread of a disease by reducing the opportunities for close contact between people. Strategies include using conference calls and video conferencing in place of face-to-face meetings, avoiding unnecessary travel and reinforcing handwashing and other common-sense precautions.
NC State University’s guidelines include following the six steps of safety:
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible.
- Wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect surfaces and objects, especially those frequently touched.
More detailed guidelines are available on the Protect the Pack website under “Personal Precautions”. To practice social distancing and minimize the risk of infection to yourself and others, you can follow these guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On-campus testing is available at no charge for enrolled students. NC State will offer COVID‑19 testing for faculty, students, and staff at three locations across campus beginning on Jan. 2, 2021. Staff will be available at all sites to help answer any questions. A valid NC State ID is required for all on-campus testing.
For students unable to get a test on-campus, testing locations are available across North Carolina. Pricing will vary depending on the testing center. To find testing centers throughout the state, visit the NC DHHS Find My Testing Place resource page. Students, faculty, and staff who choose to get tested out of state can check local listings for other locations.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or are told by a health care provider that you are presumed positive and are unable to attend classes or complete assignments, please:
- contact your instructors as soon as possible as well as an absence verification officer.
- notify OIS so that we can get you connected with campus resources to guide you on isolation practices and follow-up care.
- notify the university by completing the voluntary self-reporting form which allows for contact tracing around positive cases with campus impacts.
NC State does not have vaccines available at this time. However, the university has been approved to provide vaccines to students, faculty, and staff at the appropriate time when they are made available. In anticipation, NC State has recently acquired cold storage units that are needed to administer vaccines. Until NC State receives a supply of vaccines, they encourage eligible members of our community to get vaccinated at other locations when able to do so. Please visit the Protect the Pack site for more information about vaccines.