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COVID-19: Research Continuity Guidance

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

Updated August 3, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.

Phase Three: Reopening Guidance has been posted.

In conjunction with the university’s efforts to restore in-class instruction and on-campus experiences for the fall 2020 semester, Virginia Tech will transition from its current status of Essential Operations – as defined under Presidential Policy Memorandum 309 – to a modified operations mode by Aug. 3.

The Transition Plan consists of three phases to complement Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia plan to reopen the commonwealth, which is now in Phase Two. The Transition Plan provides a framework and process for scaling operations to be consistent with the governor on the easing of restrictions, and in accordance with university policy with public health guidelines in place. These guidelines are subject to change based on updated guidance from local, state, federal, or other public health directives.

In accordance to the governor’s and university’s plan, research will also work to move from essential operations to a modified operations mode by Aug. 3. The transition plan for research continues to recognize the importance of safety, to transition back to an in-person student learning experience, and to ramp up research programs.  

Moving research to modified operations means transitioning out of essential operations into modified operations carefully, by further easing research restrictions as research continues to ramp up over the summer.

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.