Appalachian State Chancellor Dr Sheri Everts said Friday that since the start of the spring semester, the university has conducted 43,497 COVID-19 tests through targeted testing, as well as its regularly held surveillance testing events.

This past week's positivity rate was 1.86%, significantly lower than the state’s latest reported rate of 5.7%, which also represents a downward trend.

Everts said the university is preparing to assist in vaccine distribution, in anticipation of North Carolina’s planned move into Phase 3, which will include university employees who are working in-person at their work site beginning March 10.

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