COVID-19 Updates: Research Continuity Guidance

Updated: May 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recent Updates

In response to COVID-19 and Gov. Ralph Northam’s statewide “stay-at-home” directive, the university has moved to essential operations status, effective April 3, 2020.

An essential research activity allowable for on-site operations is one that:

  • Is associated with human or animal care and well-being;
  • If discontinued would pose a safety hazard;
  • Is related to COVID-19 research with a timeline for deployment to support the current crisis;
  • Is necessary to maintain key equipment, facilities, data, samples, materials, or other basic capacities that will be needed quickly upon change of operational status back to normal;
  • Involves an activity that has U.S. or Virginia government-mandated security and access requirements, cannot be performed remotely, and is deemed essential by the U.S. or Virginia government; or
  • Is a part of the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation sub-units required to support essential research operations.

All essential research must be able to be performed with little or no significant impact on support services as they are delivered in the emergency condition level. Other activities may be deemed essential and able to continue by the dean, vice president or institute director with the concurrence of the vice president for research and innovation.

Please refer back to this webpage frequently as it relates to our research operations in addition to the official Virginia Tech webpage that provides additional updates and resources.