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There are currently 127 active cases of COVID-19 within the University community, according to the University’s COVID-19 tracker. This number includes cases from students, faculty, staff and contracted employees. There were 26 new cases on Friday, 9 on Saturday and 7 on Sunday. Active cases refer to individuals who have tested positive during the last 10 days and are required to go into isolation.
University President Jim Ryan hosted a virtual town hall meeting with other University leaders and public health experts Thursday to discuss the upcoming semester. University health experts presented COVID-19 case trends and plans for testing and vaccinations. This was followed by a question-and-answer session with University leadership.
The U.Va. Health System received around 3,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning, according to an internal email sent to the Health System. The first vaccine was administered Tuesday afternoon to Dr. Ebony Hilton, an associate professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, and then to doctors, nurses, environmental science workers and pharmacists at high-risk of contracting the disease while working.
The University is offering all students a COVID-19 test ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday this year, regardless of whether they live on- or off-Grounds. Additionally, students are asked to not return to Grounds after the break and to instead take finals at home, one of several changes the University made this year to discourage travel in the hopes of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
University Democrats and College Republicans have ramped up get-out-the-vote efforts in recent weeks in preparation for Tuesday’s general election. Though COVID-19 has impacted each group’s operations this semester, club members have been gathering outdoors in masked and socially distanced groups, as well as virtually over Zoom, to participate in campaigning events.
The University’s COVID-19 protocols for the fall semester have led to decreased student interest for the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard team, club softball, club tennis, and the Virginia Dance Company by around 50 percent.
A “Die-In” demonstration held by U.Va. Young Democratic Socialists of America, Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America and the United Campus Workers of Virginia at U.Va. attracted approximately 50 protesters to symbolically pretend to lie dead on the Lawn on Wednesday afternoon in protest of the University’s reopening plans.
Elections for the University Judiciary Committee were held through Zoom April 25. These elections determined the voting members on the Executive Committee — Chair, Vice Chair for Trials, Vice Chair for First Years, Vice Chair for Sanctions and Vice Chair for Graduate Students.
This week, Student Council released preliminary results of its COVID-19 survey aimed at gathering student feedback on how the University handled COVID-19 adjustments. The survey received 1,386 responses out of the nearly 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the University.
The University’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers was scheduled for a public dedication on April 11, but the implications of COVID-19 have led to a great deal of obstacles and uncertainty surrounding its completion. As a result, construction is slated to be completed at the end of April, and the public dedication is postponed indefinitely.
With the number of coronavirus cases in the United States approaching 1,000 on Tuesday, University administrators and faculty are preparing to make potential modifications to mitigate against the risk of exposure to the virus.
The University Board of Elections released results Friday for this year’s University-wide elections. Efforts from UBE, Honor, the University Judiciary Committee, Student Council and candidates campaigning increased overall voter turnout to 20 percent this year, compared to last year’s 18 percent. However, in the election of Student Council president, just 10 percent of students voted. Additionally, referenda from Honor and UJC were both unable to reach the necessary 10 percent of student body participation, despite over 90 percent of voters approving some of the legislation.