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Our First Positive Case: A message from Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith

Post Date:03/27/2020 11:38 AM

The Virginia Department of Health New River District announced today that an off campus Virginia Tech student in his 20’s has tested positive for COVID-19. The student, who is believed to have contracted the virus during recent international travel, is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Virginia Department of Health. There is no evidence of a risk of community spread.

For ourselves, the health of our families, and for those with compromised immune systems, we must continue to be vigilant, take recommended precautions, and remain at home as much as possible. The threat of COVID-19 is real and is growing exponentially across the Commonwealth.

We must also remember this is a community issue. Our community. It will take all of us, working together to get through this. We are simply asking everyone to do their part to save lives.

We must continue to comply with social distancing requirements, while also practicing the CDC’s guidelines for good hygiene. Remember to limit socialization to a small family/social group of individuals who are invested in your health. The Governor’s ban on gatherings larger than 10 apply to both private and public spaces.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and seek guidance from their doctor or the Virginia Department of Health hotline at 540-267-8240. Please so not go to the emergency room.

This is not a time to panic, but a time to follow practical advice and exercise sound judgement.

View the announcement from the Virginia Department of Health.

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