Last updated 8.5.2021
North Carolina, and specifically Union and Anson Counties, have experienced a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among those who are unvaccinated. Our service area, as well as most of the counties in the state, are areas of high or substantial levels of transmission. The CDC is recommending masks indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, especially in hot spots, because there remains a risk of transmission even when vaccinated.
The Governor’s Executive Order 224 requires employees in all Cabinet agencies to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or be tested at least once a week for COVID-19. The order also strongly encourages other state and local government agencies to adopt similar policies.
Based on this guidance and information, beginning August 6, all employees, visitors, and students will return to wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. In teaching spaces or during other gatherings where a person has a speaking role, the speaker may remove his or her mask as long as there is at least 6 feet of distance between the speaker and the audience. We will continue to monitor the situation, North Carolina Executive Orders, and CDC guidance to determine our best course of action as things evolve.
Achieving a high level of vaccinated individuals is the best chance of moving forward safely, and South Piedmont encourages vaccinations unless you have a condition in which the vaccination is contraindicated.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), are exposed to COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus; employees should contact Lauren Sellers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-272-5335 and students should contact Elaine Clodfelter at email@example.com or 704-272-5302 for further instruction.
Please do not come to campus if you are currently or have experienced any cold, flu-like, or coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, respiratory illness, sore throat, persistent headache, loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle aches), or have been in contact with a person diagnosed with coronavirus or someone in quarantine within the last 14 days.