For the weeks of Sept. 30 through Oct. 13, there were zero new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus and as of Oct. 20, there have only been 20 total confirmed cases.
This comes as great news for students, faculty and staff that have been hoping to complete this semester on-campus.
In a video message delivered by President Miller via email, he explained how proud he is of the VWU community during this unconventional year. “Our community has shown its commitment to safety and care for one another and I could not be more proud of each and every one of you,” Miller said. “We have asked a lot of you during this first half of the semester essentially requiring you to reimagine your college experience in unprecedented ways, but you have stepped up and have been doing your part to keep yourself, your friends and the university safe and healthy.”
He concluded his statement by reminding students to be responsible. “While the numbers are encouraging, I remind everyone to remain vigilant in your efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Keep up the great work and let’s finish the semester strong,” Miller said.
Additionally, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management Jason Seward added, “With just five and a half weeks left until the Thanksgiving break … keep your foot on the gas. Treat each week like it’s week one. Wear your face covering, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health and complete the daily health screening through LiveSafe. If you’re sick, stay home. Focus on your studies and finish strong.”
Other universities in the Hampton Roads region have experienced for the most part, a much higher number of COVID-19 cases compared to VWU. For example, as of Oct. 20, Christopher Newport University, which has 5,000 students, has had a total of 68 confirmed cases. Norfolk State University, which also has 5,000 students, has had a total of 18 confirmed cases. Old Dominion University, which has 24,000 students, has had a total of 142 confirmed cases. Also, William & Mary, which has 8,000 students, has had fewer than 50 confirmed cases.
By Connor Merk