COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Overview


Virginia Tech continues to actively monitor the local and global status of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).  Stay tuned as statements and information becomes available.

COVID-19 Research Opportunities

The Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation has established a COVID-19 Rapid Response Team that seeks to identify and provide opportunities for Virginia Tech researchers to use their expertise to make an impact on the pandemic that has impacted communities near and far. 

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Supporting Hokies

Many of you have asked how you can help our students during this extraordinary time. For those of you who want to give, the Student Emergency Fund is a powerful way to make a difference.

Well-being resources for students and employees

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Tips for success during online classes

Classes are underway

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Updated travel information and resources

Know what you need to do

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Confirmed cases

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Blacksburg community was reported on Friday, March 27.


COVID-19 News

      • Members of an expert panel
      • Apr 07, 2020 Expert webinar discusses COVID-19 impact, signs of resilience

        Virginia Tech’s university motto, expressing the Hokie service ethic, offers a path forward during the pandemic. Staying home and limiting shopping trips helps to protect service workers and those who are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

      • Runner on Huckleberry Trail
      • Apr 02, 2020 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance goes virtual for 2020

        From April 16-18, Virginia Tech will host a virtual run during a three-day period to encourage proper distancing and adhere to state and local public health guidelines. Hokies can run, walk, or jog on their own and post a picture online using #VT32Run.

COVID-19 at a glance

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

Read more on this from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here

Each member of the community plays an important role in preventing the community spread of COVID-19 by following these precautions:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (at least 6 feet of distance).  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. 

Additionally, everyone should practice social distancing as much as possible in their daily lives. 

See more tips on the resources page. 

What to do if you get sick

  • Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever (subjective or confirmed) and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Contact the New River Health District COVID-19 hotline at 540-267-8240 with any questions about symptoms. They will help guide you to next steps and answer your concerns. 
  • You may also contact your health provider or Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444.
  • Call ahead before you seek medical care at Schiffert Health Center (540-231-6444), LewisGale Hospital Montgomery-Emergency Department (540-951-1111), or your health care provider office if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever. Tell the receptionist or your provider about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Health.


March 22, 2020

All University community members who have traveled within the last 14 days domestically, internationally or from Northern Virginia, Eastern Virginia, or other identified COVID-19 hotspot areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia need to complete a phone or online health screening. A hotspot is defined as any geographic area or location that has had either a concentrated outbreak or a high risk of transmission. Read more