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On the front lines of public health

Hundreds of volunteers, including many Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, are part of the Medical Reserve Corps in the New River Valley and are serving at COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites.

Date: 02/05/2021
Bissell: High demand for COVID-19 vaccine creates anxiety, frustration

The New River Health District receives about 2,000 vaccine doses a week from the Virginia Department of Health. It doesn’t expect that amount to increase until late March.

Date: 02/03/2021
COVID-19 vaccine update for employees

Date: 02/03/2021
From President Tim Sands: Vaccines offer promise, but we have to do more

Although there are countless factors directly impacting the pandemic at a global scale, we can take control of the pandemic locally by aiming to drive the new case rate and positivity nearly to zero.

Date: 02/02/2021
Q&A: Vaccine basics, their history, importance, and role in COVID-19

Kate Langwig, a quantitative disease ecologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, breaks down the basics about vaccines, how they work, and how they have protected humans from lethal diseases for decades.

Date: 02/01/2021

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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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