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Remember these four things this spring to limit the impact of COVID-19

From: Student Affairs

For the foreseeable future, COVID-19 will continue to be a focus for our university community. As vaccines, therapeutics, and mitigation practices have become readily available and widely utilized, personal responsibility and education are as effective as they’ve ever been for reducing the impact of COVID-19. Together, we can limit the impact of COVID-19 for the spring semester.

In preparation for the spring 2022 semester, remember these four things:

  1. Before returning to any Virginia Tech campus, residential students must submit a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours* of your scheduled arrival and submit it here. If you test positive, do not return to campus for five days and until you are symptom free for five days.
  2. If you contract COVID-19 while at Virginia Tech, utilize your previously developed plan to isolate in place for five days and wear a face covering. After five days, and you no longer have symptoms, you may conclude your isolation. Please continue wearing your mask, in accordance with university guidelines.
  3. If you are a close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are vaccinated and boosted or vaccinated and not yet eligible for a booster, and you do not have symptoms associated with COVID- 19, you do not need to quarantine but should always wear a mask. Unvaccinated people should quarantine for five days.
  4. Notify the Dean of Students Office immediately so they can provide support, including an absence verification, and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus.

As a reminder, we are requiring booster shots within 14 days of eligibility for all students and employees. If you are eligible now, updated information is due by Feb. 1, and we urge you to get your booster as soon as possible. If you are not eligible yet, please schedule your booster as soon as you are able to do so. Students and employees need to upload their updated vaccination record as soon as they receive a booster dose. Procedures remain in place for students and employees to request medical and religious exemptions. Existing exemptions will be honored. For those with medical concerns about the booster shot, please consult your physician.

For more information around the spring semester, please visit the Student Affairs spring 2022 FAQ webpage.

*Given the winter storm in the central/northeast that may affect student travel, if you have submitted your COVID negative test on Jan. 12 or later, it will be honored through Monday, Jan. 17.

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