This page will be regularly updated with information on how the University and Charlottesville community is responding to COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The Cavalier Daily is committed to thoroughly reporting on its effects and implications for everyone in our community.
Follow the total number of confirmed cases within the Virginia here and read about the University's Spring 2021 plan here.
The Coalition is currently working on several initiatives that they believe will positively impact both Charlottesville and University communities alike, such as the Virginia Threads Project and the Coalition’s food delivery service.
The executive order, which goes into effect Sunday, expands the current mask mandate, prohibits on-site alcohol sales after 10:00 p.m., strengthens enforcement within essential retail businesses and limits gatherings to 25 people — down from the current maximum of 250
In an email update to students, University Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis acknowledged the increase in cases and emphasized the importance of staying vigilant as the semester comes to a close.
This fall, the University Health System received over 38,000 N95 masks from the National Strategic Stockpile — a national holding of critical medical supplies managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, the 38,000 masks often had unusable straps that broke when stretched.
While LOTL has traditionally been held during the first week of December before the start of finals, this year’s event was moved up to account for the condensed semester and so that students are still able to enjoy the tradition regardless of their physical location.
"We sought to balance serious concerns raised by students, faculty and staff about the effects of this pandemic on many of our students, while at the same time honoring the views of those students and faculty who seek to give or receive standard grades,” Provost Liz Magill wrote.
The research done in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and that of other public health departments, is important in providing analyses and guidance to those making policy decisions. The department’s teaching role has mobilized to help students get a better understanding of public health as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Ryan acknowledged that students have faced feelings of isolation and stress over the course of the semester and that the University is working to bring more students into classrooms in the spring.
The University has managed an increasing demand for testing supplies by utilizing multiple forms of testing that require different materials — however, shortages at U.Va. Health still remain according to physicians in the U.Va. Health System.