Since June, Deborah Birx has visited universities in numerous states to learn about each institution’s approach to COVID-19. The universities that are most successful in managing COVID-19 worked hard during the summer to develop a plan for the fall semester, she said.
Though safety of the Hokie Nation is a collective responsibility, it does require action. Individual emergency preparedness is the first and most important step in creating a resilient university environment.
Virginia Tech's Mike Mulhare and Kevin Foust were just a few miles apart from each other in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. They shared their experiences from that day and how the lessons they gained continue to shape their efforts leading the university's COVID-19 response today.
The advance will allow the university to monitor clusters of campus buildings on a daily basis, testing for the presence of the virus in fecal matter. If the testing shows positive results, the university can then conduct targeted testing among individuals to zero in on possible infections.
Leadership Answers is an occasional series that features answers from university leaders on issues related to Virginia Tech's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this first installment, Mike Mulhare, assistant vice president for emergency management, responds to a question regarding data.
To ensure an appropriate degree of transparency, a new online dashboard will be updated each Monday to report the number of COVID-19 test results – the positive test results and total tests – among students and employees, based on the previous week’s information.
Virginia Tech essential employees’ exceptional stories of service and commitment offer valuable insights into the problem-solving, empathy, and hard work required to maintain critical operations during dynamic times.
The mandatory COVID-19 testing for on-campus residents was one of several topics related to the university’s updated plan for testing, tracing, and case management discussed during a virtual town hall with Virginia Tech leaders on July 31.
According to Procurement Director Mary Helmick, forward thinking, meticulous planning, and strong university collaboration have all been critical ingredients in securing PPE during the COVID-19 emergency – and creating a safe environment for Hokies.
The plan includes guidelines for initial and ongoing screening and testing of students and employees, cooperation with local health department contact-tracing investigations, and effective case management within the university population should an employee or student become infected.