Health + Wellness

Summer Mask Policy

The COVID Planning team has reviewed the recent update by the CDC as well as the latest Executive Order by Governor Cooper.

First and foremost, we strongly encourage all members of our community to get the vaccine.

Second, because the guidance from the CDC and the State of North Carolina has changed, coupled with a rapid decline in COVID cases in the State (not to mention that some are excited to “shed the mask,”) we are implementing a modified mask policy until August 6, 2021. We will re-evaluate the policy during the summer. Our overall density on campus during the months of June and July is much lighter than during the academic year – further lowering risk of transmission of the virus by those who are not vaccinated.

Summer Policy: 

  • Masks are optional outside.
  • Masks are optional when indoors and alone.
  • Masks are optional when indoors and distancing can be observed.
  • Masks are required when indoors and hosting external guests (however, professional discretion can be exercised if guests have voluntarily disclosed full vaccination). Distancing should be observed as needed.
  • Masks will be required for all indoor New Student Orientation activities.
  • Masks will be required for all indoor camp activities.
  • Masks will be required for all indoor activities for admissions guests
  • Per CDC guidance, masks are strongly recommended at all times for those who are not vaccinated, to protect yourself and others

There is encouraging news locally as 67% of adults have had at least one shot in Wake County. The CDC research is compelling in that those who have been vaccinated have an incredibly low risk of contracting and/or transmitting the virus (0.01% as of May).

For those of you who are fully vaccinated and wish to continue wearing a mask, please feel free to do so!

Health, Counseling, and Disability Services staff will be meeting with students via secure telehealth platforms.

To schedule an appointment with a nurse, the doctor, or a counselor, please email the respective office:

The nurses in Health Services can answer questions about COVID-19 test procedures.  If you have any of the above symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have received a positive test result, please contact Health Services immediately.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services will continue to provide a wide array of services in a remote format during the Summer semester. Disability Services staff will work closely with students, faculty, and staff to ensure appropriate accommodations are in place. To contact Disability Services, please email

Know the symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:


Understanding COVID-19

  • COVID-19 is spread by close person to person contact through respiratory droplets from speaking, coughing or sneezing.
  • Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. A person does not need to have symptoms to spread the virus.
  • COVID-19 can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test.
  • An antibody test can show if you were previously infected and if your body has created antibodies in an attempt to defend itself from COVID-19.

The North Carolina Dashboard

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily. The NCDHHS also provides information about how it defines and collects data for the dashboard.

Wake County Dashboard

Wake County NC Public Health has developed a COVID-19 resource that includes a dashboard for identifying health concerns and numbers related to the pandemic. You can view the page at:

To view cases by ZIP code, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services interactive map.