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Health department's New River District to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution to Phase 1b recipients

This large group, which the Virginia Department of Health categorizes as phase 1b, includes police officers, firefighters, K-12 teachers and staff, mail carriers, grocery store employees, and people ages 75 and older.

Date: 01/10/2021
Virginia Tech continues to strengthen COVID-19 case management efforts

Additional employee case managers and a new student advocate program to assist students in on-campus isolation and quarantine spaces are among new ways Virginia Tech is enhancing COVID-19 support for employees and students.

Date: 01/07/2021
Portion of medical school community part of priority group to receive COVID-19 vaccine

As VTCSOM students are returning from winter break, they will be eligible to receive the vaccine through Carilion Clinic. All VTCSOM students interact with patients at Carilion Clinic’s hospitals and outpatient facilities; because of this close contact, students qualify as part of the Phase 1a group under VDH guidelines to receive the vaccine.

Date: 01/06/2021
Bissell: COVID-19 vaccine is light at tunnel's end, but the tunnel is long

The New River Health District is working on plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in a large-scale way, but it must follow state and federal guidelines that direct the order in which different groups receive it.

Date: 01/06/2021
COVID-19 related leave update

Date: 01/06/2021

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From President Tim Sands: Maintain vigilance and commitment this spring

Our success this semester depends on each one of us. We’ve all worked hard to get this far, so let’s make it count as we look forward to reclaiming the active campus we know and love.

Date: 01/18/2021
From President Tim Sands: Thank you for your outstanding work this year

2020 will be remembered for challenges the likes of which have not been seen for generations. The year will also be remembered for the way we met those challenges. We developed thoughtful and pragmatic plans, adapted to changing circumstances, and safely served the needs of the community while maintaining a focus on our mission.

Date: 12/15/2020
A message from President Tim Sands: Implementing mandatory random prevalence testing

Mandatory random prevalence testing will allow monitoring of the status of COVID-19 on campus and in Blacksburg with a statistically significant sample of the entire undergraduate population.

Date: 09/18/2020
A letter from Frank Shushok Jr.: Remember our calling

Ut Prosim compels us to model love — in whatever shape it is most needed at any given time. Right now, we especially need the kind of courageous love that puts others first, makes hard decisions, holds others accountable, and models the brilliance of an “all-in” community.

Date: 07/21/2020
President Tim Sands announces plans for 2020 fall semester

Hundreds of individuals and several working groups and task forces — at the university, in our communities, and at the state level — have contributed to the shaping of fall plans for all Virginia Tech locations. Although the plans we present here will continue to evolve over the summer with additional input and data, significant elements are firm, and it is now time for our students, faculty, and staff to shift from planning to preparation.

Date: 06/08/2020

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