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A Message to Virginia Tech Students from the Town of Blacksburg

Post Date:03/16/2020 10:42 AM

In times like these, we as a community pull together, share our resources, and focus whole-heartedly on the safety and well-being of our friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Virginia Tech students are valued and contributing members of our community. Many work for our local businesses and service providers, and many consider Blacksburg their home. If you plan to return after your extended break, we welcome you and offer the following public health information and resources.

How can you stay healthy and safe from COVID-19?

  • Exercise social distancing, and limit interactions to small groups.

  • Avoid close contact including shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.

  • It is incredibly important to adhere to these public health safety measures. While you may be young and have the ability to fight this virus, others in your company may not be as lucky. Individuals who appear perfectly healthy may have compromised immune systems, and the elderly are at tremendous risk. We should all keep these individuals in mind when making our own personal decisions.

  • Stay at home as much as possible, especially if you don’t feel well.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In instances when soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Practice good hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissue immediately and sanitize hands.

  • In many cases, COVID-19 can be managed at home. Call your primary care physician or the local Health Department for guidance. Students should refer to the Virginia Tech Schiffert guidelines for more information.

  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Where should you go for information?

The Town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, the Montgomery County Public Health Task Force, and the Virginia Department of Health are the best sources for local information.

Also, continue following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What else should you know?

Riding the Bus

Blacksburg Transit (BT) will continue operating on reduced service in Blacksburg through March 21. Visit for updates and additional service information beyond March 21.

The 2020 Census Matters and Students Count in Blacksburg

It’s critically important that students are counted in Blacksburg when the Census is taken. Billions of dollars in federal funding are at stake for every community.

What this means is that Virginia Tech students should complete the Census as if you reside in Blacksburg on April 1, even if you are temporarily out of town or off campus due to the COVID-19 virus. Visit this site for frequently asked questions about the Census.


Be safe and be well.

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