Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff from President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Monitoring the Coronavirus Radford University

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Radford University has been notified that a student tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed result came back today (March 24, 2020). Since returning to the local area following Spring Break travel, the student has been self-isolating at an off-campus, non-University operated location. The student has not visited campus since being exposed to and diagnosed with COVID-19. As such, the risk to the campus and the community is very low due to the student being in self-isolation except for seeking medical treatment. This determination and information was provided by the Virginia Department of Health through the New River Health District.

This is a critical time in which we must place the health of ourselves and others first and foremost. I strongly encourage all members of the campus community to comply with social distancing requirements, while also practicing good hygiene through regular handwashing and sanitizing surfaces. Also, anyone who is experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and seek medical treatment as appropriate.

This is not a time to panic, but a time in which we must follow practical advice and exercise sound judgement. We will make it through this together as one Radford family, a united community, and a caring Commonwealth!


Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.