Mar. 27, 2020 - A message from President Tim Sands; Supporting Hokies; Updates and Notices

March 27, 2020

A March 27 message to the Virginia Tech community from President Tim Sands

In recent days, the first confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Southwest Virginia have emerged. Included among these cases is a member of the Virginia Tech community, a student living off campus in Blacksburg who is believed to have been exposed during recent international travel.  According to the New River Health District, our student is receiving care and has been in self-isolation, with no known exposures to the public. There is no evidence of a risk of community spread and we wish the student a quick recovery. The Virginia Department of Health, working with our own health professionals, has identified the individuals who came in contact with the student and is managing the situation to prevent further exposure in this case. Based on the experiences of other Virginia communities, and those throughout the country, it is likely that more cases will be identified in the coming days and weeks.

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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.

Additional updates and notices

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From The Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech makes new offer to entice campus-bound students to leave. Virginia Tech officials were pleasantly surprised last weekend when only 10% of students living in university housing returned to campus after an extended spring break. They’re still hoping more of them will leave. As fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus mount, university officials are offering another incentive for students to get out of Blacksburg. “Just yesterday we offered a new rebate of $800 for those who still remain in order to lower the density of our campus,” Frank Shushok, interim vice president for student affairs, said Thursday at a special online board of visitors meeting on the university’s response to the pandemic. Students will have until Monday to terminate their housing contract to be eligible for the rebate.

Health Notification – COVID-19 positive test. A member of the Virginia Tech Blacksburg community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The case involves a student who lives off campus in Blacksburg. The student, who is believed to have contracted the virus during recent international travel, is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Virginia Department of Health.

Stay connected and healthy with new well-being website.
From: Chris Wise, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Health and Wellness. The Virginia Tech community – and, indeed, the world – is facing a challenge of unimaginable magnitude. In true Hokie fashion, we are rising to meet circumstances that require knowledge, commitment, and grit. A new well-being website, aimed at equipping you with information, resources, and options, has been launched that will help you see the possibilities in this situation. With material that covers everything from how to stay healthy, how to stay fit, how to fight anxiety, how to remain connected, and who to contact when you need help, the site will give you ideas on what you CAN do to fight COVID-19 – not just what you CAN’T do during this world-wide pandemic.