COVID-19 Dashboard Launched for Spring 2021 with Prevalence Testing Highlights

Important Update on COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic at Radford University Message from President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Dear Radford Family:

Radford University is pleased to share the COVID-19 Dashboard for the Spring 2021 semester. The launch of this semester’s data and information is available at From Wednesday, January 13, 2021 through Sunday, January 17, 2021, the University conducted 1,492 individual tests with 20 positive results. The University’s initial positivity rate for this semester is 1.34 percent.

The highlight of this week’s dashboard is re-entry testing. As students returned to campus and the local area, the University engaged in COVID-19 testing utilizing a prevalence model. That model, which was also utilized in the Fall 2020 semester, required testing for identified students, including resident and non-resident students, returning from high prevalence areas. A new addition for the Spring 2021 semester was the distribution and completion of a Student Travel Disclosure Form. Student responses to that form were also utilized to identify specific individuals to be tested.

Student re-entry testing occurred on the main campus from January 13-17, 2021 and at RUC on January 15 and 16, 2021. The extended period for prevalence testing and student re-entry was consistent with the Fall 2020 semester and aimed at reducing density in residence halls. A breakdown of re-entry testing utilizing a prevalence model is as follows. 1,362 tests were administered, and 16 positives were identified. Main campus included 1,237 tests and 13 positives, while RUC included 125 tests and three positives. The overall positivity rate for re-entry testing was 1.17 percent with a main campus rate of 1.05 percent and RUC rate of 2.4 percent.

Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, weekly dashboard updates will be shared with the campus community and posted on the Reopening webpage each Tuesday afternoon. The updates will provide detailed information for campus-based testing of students, faculty, and staff. For additional information on testing opportunities, please visit For specific COVID-19 questions, including those related to testing, please e-mail

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.