In the U.S., we are evidently near the peak of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We may have seen the worst that this disease can bring, but we are not yet confident that every day from here on will be better than the last.
Virginia Tech will immediately allocate $9.7 million to emergency financial aid grants for eligible students. These funds will support the university’s ongoing efforts to assist students who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virginia Tech economists in a new paper have found that the output loss in the United States’ GDP hit roughly $1.156 trillion from March 19 to April 15, a 26 percent drop of total U.S. output from the same fiscal period last year. Divided by the current U.S. population of 328.2 million, the loss per person is averaged at about $3,521 during this period.
Student leaders from various Virginia Tech clubs and organizations have switched to online operations in an effort to ensure that the feeling of community so essential to the university experience lives on.
Elsa Murano has been selected to represent the United States on the newly formed Food Security of the Americas Advisory Council — created to address the mounting food supply issues that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
An annual event since 2001, this year’s Relay For Life at Virginia Tech was one of several on-campus gatherings derailed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The event will now span five days, from April 20–24, and include dozens of tributes, musical performances, and special guests that Hokies can access with a computer or mobile device.
To help address potential ventilator shortages, mechanical engineers at Virginia Tech have partnered with a Carilion Clinic physician to upgrade bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines, commonly used for treating sleep apnea, into makeshift ventilators.
Local governments across Virginia are bracing for the economic fall-out brought on by COVID-19, with many worried about insolvency. Virginia Tech expert Stephanie Davis is connecting counties, cities, and towns to valuable financial planning resources – and each other.
Six Virginia Tech students were granted unprecedented access to cover all 14 games of the ACC tournament as a part of the university’s Topics in Sports Communications course and its student-led, multimedia journalism platform, 3304 Sports.
In mid-March, an interdisciplinary group of more than 75 faculty, students, and staff split into teams to carry out 10 projects in rapid science and production, working together to provide Southwest Virginia medical professionals with personal protective equipment and ventilation supplies, as well as the insights to inform their use.
To date, the group Debie McDonald created, Sewing for Life, has completed more than 1,000 cloth masks, which have been donated to churches, a community outreach program for low-income families, essential workforce members, and medical professionals.