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Health district expects new vaccine priority group to be smaller than others

May 1 is the goal date to begin offering vaccines to the wider public, according to the New River Health District.

Date: 03/29/2021
Testing for COVID-19 at Lane Stadium

Thousands of students, staff and faculty are tested for COVID-19 every week at Lane Stadium, where voluntary, surveillance and prevalence testing is underway.

Date: 03/29/2021
Blacksburg and Virginia Tech to maintain consistent gathering sizes to limit COVID-19 spread

In a letter to the campus community, Dean of Students Byron Hughes and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson write, "We hope that students and community members will still find ways to gather safely – whether that is in their pod, enjoying outdoor recreational activities in smaller groups, or attending some of the many events Virginia Tech is offering that follow current safety guidelines."

Date: 03/24/2021
Virginia Tech and UVA virologists develop broadly protective coronavirus vaccines

The team's candidate vaccines take an unusual approach in that they target a part of the spike protein of the virus, the “viral fusion peptide,” that is highly universal among coronaviruses.

Date: 03/24/2021
COVID-19 vaccine in sight for university community

The New River Health District will need at least 50,000 vaccines to cover its higher education population throughout the region.

Date: 03/22/2021

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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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