COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 FAQs

The following questions came from the Feb. 18, 2021, all-campus meeting. responses are subject to change based on the rapidly evolving situation. 

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Q: How will the message of COVID vigilance be brought to the members of the campus family who aren’t on this Zoom call? 

A: Those who did not attend the required meeting can view the video recording and visit uncsa.edu/SafeCampus. We also continue to communicate by email about updates with regards to COVID-19 on a regular basis.

Vaccine Questions

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All UNCSA faculty, staff and students are eligible to be vaccinated.

No. Per UNC System guidance, UNCSA will not require a COVID-19 vaccination at this time. Any student, faculty or staff member can voluntarily report they are vaccinated. Students, faculty and staff without proof of vaccination will be required to get tested for COVID-19 weekly.

Yes. According to the CDC, it’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. 

Yes. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12 and older and the FDA has granted full approval for COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved for ages 18 and older, according to the NCDHHS website.

There are no plans to offer on-campus vaccination events at this time.

You can voluntarily report your vaccination status in order to have a representation of the vaccination status on campus.

No. UNCSA is not responsible for determining or verifying eligibility for vaccination; it is up to the individual and NCDHHS.

Mask Questions

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UNCSA is not requiring double-masking at this time. The CDC recommends double-masking as a way to provide extra protection specifically as new, more contagious variants are circulating.

Students are not required to wear masks when in a residence hall room with only a roommate. Students are permitted one visitor who is also a UNCSA student per single-occupancy bedroom in their dorm room and must be masked and socially distanced. Refer to Residential and Housing COVID-related information

Report Community Health Standards violations

No. You are not required to wear a mask when you are outside with no person within 6 feet, although you must carry your face covering in case others enter the space.

Performance and production protocols are determined within each arts school. Visit Conservatory & Academic section of SafeCampus for more information about your school or contact your dean.

Use this form to report violations of the UNCSA Community Health Standards.

 Report Community Health Standards violations

Use this form to report violations of the UNCSA Community Health Standards.

 Report Community Health Standards violations

Masks are not required when alone in an office. If other people are present, a mask is required (even if there is plexiglass). 

Masks are not required when alone in an office. If other people are present, a mask is required (even if there is plexiglass). 

Face coverings or masks should cover your nose and mouth and be secured to the head. They should have two or more layers and be tight-fitting. Refer to the face covering guidance.

 

Dining

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Use this form to report violations of the UNCSA Community Health Standards.

 Report Community Health Standards violations

 

Sanitizer & Cleaning

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Daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols used by UNCSA Building Environmental Technicians are based on CDC and EPA recommended cleaning protocols and are scheduled three times during the day and again on second shift. In addition, Building Environmental Services has trained "Targeted Enhanced Disinfection" (TED) teams who are trained on advanced COVID-19 disinfection protocols. The TED teams are dispatched to areas where there has been a known positive COVID-19 person on campus within the last seven days. Refer to cleaning and sanitization on the SafeCampus website.

This issue has been noted and brought to the attention of Environmental Services. Requests for wipes or hand sanitizer dispenser refills or other cleaning supplies can be made through a maintenance request.

Daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols used by UNCSA Building Environmental Technicians are based on CDC and EPA recommended cleaning protocols and are scheduled three times during the day and again on second shift. In addition, Building Environmental Services has trained "Targeted Enhanced Disinfection" (TED) teams who are trained on advanced COVID-19 disinfection protocols. The TED teams are dispatched to areas where there has been a known positive COVID-19 person on campus within the last seven days. Refer to cleaning and sanitization on the SafeCampus website.

 

Wellness

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The mental health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. In addition to Wellness Wednesdays we continue to support students with counseling, mindfulness sessions, physical exercise, yoga and other activities designed to promote overall wellness. Faculty and staff who need assistance with mental or emotional health issues may use the UNCSA Employee Assistance Program (EAP). 

Yes. Several new variants of the virus that have been shown to be more contagious are currently circulating and have been identified in N.C. Refer to the CDC site more information about the variant.

Yes, all students are required to complete the health screening daily. Students, faculty and staff are all receiving daily email reminders that include a button to confirm you have done your assessment.

If students have an underlying health condition that puts you at higher risk or any other challenges, please complete the Student Challenges form from Student Affairs. A staff member will work with your arts and  academic faculty, and you assist with other challenges.

Faculty requesting a health accommodation should contact Human Resources (HR) regarding their return to work. Each request will be reviewed by HR and the Office of the Provost on a case-by-case basis, as governed by applicable laws and policy. 

Staff who have concerns about returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic that are related to an underlying health condition,  may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation depending on their circumstances. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as governed by applicable laws and policy. 

 

Protocols

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Performance and production protocols are determined within each arts school. Visit Conservatory & Academic section for more information about your school or contact your dean.

Spring COVID-19 Protocols (PDF)

Visit Conservatory & Academic section for more information about your school or contact your dean.

Spring COVID-19 Protocols (PDF)

In order to keep the nearly 350 students in the School of Filmmaking safe, there is currently a temporary ban for undergraduates only on working on outside film productions. Any student who depends on outside productions for their income can meet with Dean Pollock to work out an accommodation. Other student jobs are not restricted. This ban may be relaxed if health and safety guidelines are followed and cases and exposures are reduced.

 

General COVID-19 Questions

The following information has been compiled from the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, and state and local infectious disease experts. This information is subject to change based on the rapidly evolving situation. 

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COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough and shortness of breath. For  more information, go to the CDC website.

The medical community is still learning about how COVID-19 affects people. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Illness due to COVID-19 is general mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: Around 1 out of every 5 people who catch COVID-19 need hospital care. It appears that older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) develop serious illness more often than others.

Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your face. Practice good respiratory hygiene and remember to cover your coughs and sneezes with your flexed elbow or tissue. Do not share food or drinks. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them prior to disinfection.

CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people if they leave home to:

  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

The agency also recommends these masks for caregivers of people infected with the virus. A surgical mask cannot prevent you from becoming infected with the virus. The CDC does not recommend N95 respirators for use, except for health care workers. There is a worldwide shortage of N95 masks, and if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk.

The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days.

Both quarantine and isolation keeps people away from other people. The CDC defines it as:

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone has COVID-19 away from others.
  • Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

CDC Reference: COVID-19: Quarantine vs. Isolation (PDF)


Important Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

We will be adding additional FAQs as information becomes available. If you have a question, please ask.

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