Virginia Tech announces potential new protective strategies for public health in hopes of returning to campus in the fall

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia Tech announced Tuesday that the university’s leadership team is reviewing different methods to protect public health on campus amid COVID-19 concerns, with the goal of resuming in-person classes for the upcoming fall semester.

The recommendations were developed by the university’s COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) and include protocols to promote good hygiene and physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, surveillance and monitoring, virtual training, and more.

Tim Sands, president of Virginia Tech, expects that the university’s plans for fall semester will be announced on June 8.

“The COVID-19 Incident Management Team’s recommendations are a roadmap to resuming campus activity with the health and safety of our community as the top priority,” he said.

In accordance with Gov. Ralph Northam’s Phase One reopening, the university’s faculty and staff have been able to gradually return to campus.

“As we move our workforce back to campus, we will remain engaged with the Town of Blacksburg and the New River Valley COVID-19 Task Force to ensure a comprehensive and successful transition,” Sands said.

Virginia Tech’s IMT will continue to prepare several scenarios, but they intend to transition to an on-campus experience for the fall, if possible.

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