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Student COVID-19 case investigators and contact tracers develop public health skills, navigate disparities

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Tech Master of Public Health students have served as case investigators and contact tracers in the New River Valley, Roanoke City, Alleghany County, and beyond the region in Central Shenandoah. These roles, which support confirmed and probable cases and notify possible contacts of exposure, are key to limiting COVID-19 transmission.

Date: 02/22/2021
COVID-19 vaccine update for employees: Week of Feb. 15

Date: 02/18/2021
COVID-19 vaccine continues rollout in region

Along with its own vaccination clinics, the New River Health District is partnering with about 20 local pharmacies and medical providers to administer the vaccine to people age 65 and older.

Date: 02/17/2021
COVID-19 simulation model creates scenarios

Such factors as the continued adoption of face coverings, the frequency of public health messaging, and the availability of vaccines are used to predict the rate of infection and likelihood of completing the spring semester as planned.

Date: 02/17/2021
Understanding COVID-19 is complicated, but you know what to do

In this essay, interim dean of the College of Science Ron Fricker encourages Hokies to remain committed to the practices in place that will bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

Date: 02/17/2021

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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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