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Town hall: University and community prepared to manage increased cases

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith, and New River Valley Health District Director Noelle Bissell discussed a variety of topics — from management of COVID-19 cases in the community to the decision to ban tailgating this fall.

Date: 09/03/2020
Virginia Tech researchers begin testing campus wastewater for COVID-19

The advance will allow the university to monitor clusters of campus buildings on a daily basis, testing for the presence of the virus in fecal matter. If the testing shows positive results, the university can then conduct targeted testing among individuals to zero in on possible infections.

Date: 09/03/2020
Northern Virginia campuses reconfigure spaces, class design for a safe semester

At Virginia Tech’s three campuses in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, leaders have had to adapt to the pandemic with different challenges than the main Blacksburg campus.

Date: 09/03/2020
Custom face shields aim to block droplets, tackle COVID-19 for football players

Engineers, athletic staff, and football players had two months to design a face shield that could reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus on the football field.

Date: 09/02/2020
Faculty and staff COVID-19 testing information and guidelines

Date: 09/01/2020

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A message from Dean Byron Hughes, Chief Mac Babb, and Chief Anthony Wilson: We’re still in this together

The smallest of our choices have a significant impact on the greater whole – particularly at this moment when anxieties are running high and resources are low.

Date: 01/25/2021
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

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