From the Office of the Provost, August 8, 2022: "While the threat of COVID-19 has shifted, and we have developed coping mechanisms and personal knowledge to mitigate its effects, the disease still exists within our community. We want to share an update on how we are managing COVID-19 and what you can do to help all of us have an on-campus student experience and help protect our community at large.
"Like the flu and other common viruses and illnesses, COVID-19 is now one illness among many that university employees and students manage on a regular basis. We will continue to monitor and inform our community on the guidance and resources available, but believe that the time has come for us to stand down the daily emergency management of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. We will remain vigilant and we will update the community as appropriate and, of course, return to more consistent communication if necessary."
Guidelines for all in the community
- The university strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. Visit Vaccinate Virginia for vaccination sites in the commonwealth.
- Masking is always welcome anywhere at Virginia Tech, and the last few years have clearly shown that masks dramatically reduce the spread of airborne infections, including COVID-19. Masks are required in Schiffert Health Center.
- Do not attend work or gatherings if you are sick. Test if you suspect COVID-19.
- Employee “at-will testing” will end on Aug. 26. Employees are encouraged to visit the VDH website to find free COVID-19 testing sites throughout Virginia. Kits may also be obtained through the U.S. federal government and participating community libraries. Virginia Tech Human Resources will maintain a small inventory of test kits to meet unforeseen circumstances; employees can contact the HR Service Center for more information.
- The university will also provide at-home rapid tests to students through Schiffert Health Center.
- If you are advised that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the next steps depend on your vaccination status. Visit the VDH’s Isolation & Quarantine Calculator for information.
Be sure to check the university's Ready site regularly for updates. Also check the Provost's weekly updates, which provide information of particulary importance to Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs).
(updated August 8, 2022)