COVID-19 Resources



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except for medical care

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the New River Health District COVID-19 hotline at 540-267-8240 with any questions about symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or trouble breathing. 

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• ahead before going to the doctor.

• the Schiffert Health Center  at 540-231-6444. (Currently, Schiffert does not test for COVID-19.)

• the LewisGale Hospital Emergency Department at 540-951-1111.

• your doctor’s office and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

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• With soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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high-touch surfaces daily.

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emergency care for shortness of breath, chest pain/pressure, bluish lips/face.

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coughs and sneezes.

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a face mask.

Hear from Virginia Tech experts

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Each member of the community plays an important role in preventing the community spread of COVID-19. 

Ways you can help Flatten The Curve:

Slow the spread of sickness
Wash your hands often

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    -Source: CDC

Wash your hands after:

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Being in a public space

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Blowing your nose

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Sneezing or caughing


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Lather Hands With Soap Of Any Kind

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Lather The Backs Of Your Hands

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Lather Under Nails & In Between Fingers


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Use Hand Sanitizer With 60% Alcohol

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Cover All Surfaces Of Your Hands

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Rub Until Your Hands Are Dry

Download the PDF of the flyer below and post in public places, bathrooms, or anywhere that may be visible to the Virginia Tech community. This one page PDF outlines hand washing steps, as recommended by the CDC

Slow the spread of sickness
Follow social distancing

Social distancing means: 

  • Avoid close contact with other people: workplaces, public transportation, shopping centers, movie theaters, concerts, conferences, etc. 
  • Stay home when you can, especially if you are sick. 
  • When you do go out, keep a distance of 6 feet from other people. 

Why is this important?

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. The best way to do that is to avoid close contact with other people. 

The virus is believed to spread when inflected people cough or sneeze, launching small droplets that can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people.

Social distancing is an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and slow the spread in communities that are already affected. 

What if I’m not part of an “at-risk” group?

Even if you are not an older adult or do not have a chronic medical condition—two factors which place people at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19—staying home and practicing social distancing is important for ensuring the virus doesn’t spread rapidly. Even if you cannot stop transmission, you can slow it down and save lives.

What about events?

Events of any size should adhere to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When possible, organizers should modify events to be virtual.

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Organizers should modify events to be virtual. 

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Practice social distancing and hand hygiene.

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You might not be at risk, like:

• Older adults
• Those with chronic conditions

Still, you can: 

• Slow down the virus
• Help save lives  

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• Social distancing can limit the spread of the virus.

• It appears to spread through coughs and sneezes.

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Stay home if you can.Avoid crowded places.

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Keep a 6-foot distance from others.

Download the PDF of the flyer below and post in public places, bathrooms, or anywhere that may be visible to the Virginia Tech community. This flyer that defines and explains the importance of social distancing


Common symptoms may include:

• Fever
• Dry Cough
• Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
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Less common symptoms may include:

• New onset diarrhea and/or vomiting
• Loss of ability to smell
• Loss of ability to taste
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If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call your doctor or a local virus hotline BEFORE you go to a medical facility. If your symptoms are severe, visit an ER or call 9-1-1.

With these symptoms, seek immediate medical care:

• Persistent chest pain or pressure
• Bluish lips or face
• Difficulty waking up or slow to respond
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Between people in close contact (stay six feet apart!)

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Through droplets from coughs and sneezes

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By infected people who are sick AND those showing no symptoms  

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From touching a contaminated surface and then your mouth, nose, eyes

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Through contact with an infected person’s stool (feces)



• Wear a cloth face mask
• Look for sanitizer wipes to wipe your cart or basket
• Stay 6 feet from others at all times
• Touch only the items you have to touch 
• Don’t touch your face while in the store
• Afterward, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
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• Place your bags on the countertop and put food away
• Don’t leave food sitting out that may spoil
• Afterward, clean the countertop and wash your hands
• Clean fruits and vegetables with cold running water    (no soap), dry with a paper towel before eating
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How to socialize virtually

ideas for staying connected while staying safe:

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Create a book club using Facebook Groups

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Host a virtual trivia night

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Visit a museum. Search for #MuseumFromHome on social media

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Challenge friends to a workout. Checkj out Hokie Fit program for more ideas, or find the free Lee Mills On-Demand library.

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Challenge friends to runvirtual races. Runner's World has good suggestions.

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Have a virtual dance party, attend a concert, or both. See NPR's list of streaming performances.

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See your family and friends on Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, or other video options.

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Use an app like Netflix Party to sync movies and shows with friends

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Host a virtual dinner party or happy hour

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Take a cooking class. Check out virtual classes from My Recipes.

adjusting to online classes?

we have some tips for you:

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Manage Your Time

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Stay Focused

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Create a Good Study Environment

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Communicate with Professors

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Use Virtual Resources

children feeling stressed?

help them cope with covid-19:

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Limit News Exposure

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Keep Routines

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Offer Support and Reassurance

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Share Facts

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Be a Role Model



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Take a break: Put down your devices.

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Talk: Reach out to friends.

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Stay Healthy: Eat right and exercise

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Unwind: Find activities you enjoy



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Create an emergency contact list.

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Keep a list of aid organizations for counseling, food, and health care. 

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Choose a room and bathroom for isolating the sick.

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Practice everyday preventative actions.

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Talk with neighbors and family about emergency plans.

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Stay connected to help prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation.


When stressed or bored, you may want to relax. In moderation, alcohol can generally be used safely. Here are some things to know

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Alcohol can negatively affect your immune system. 

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Alcohol can increase feelings of isolation. 

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Alcohol can affect  decision-making. 

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Set a limit on drinks per day and the days that you drink.

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Avoid alcohol within 4 hours of bedtime. 

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Only drink for positive reasons. Don’t mask your negative feelings with alcohol; share those feelings.

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Engage in  non-alcohol activities. 

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Talk to someone you trust.