COVID-19 Dashboard Shows Continued Strong Start to the Spring 2021 Semester

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

Dear Radford Family:

As part of the University’s continued commitment to transparency and weekly updates in reporting, I am pleased to share the latest testing data as part of the University COVID-19 Dashboard. To date, as part of the Spring 2021 semester, the University has administered a total of 2,294 tests with 36 positives, representing an overall positivity rate of 1.57 percent. For the most recent reporting period, January 25-31, 2021, the University administered 407 tests with five positives, representing a weekly positivity rate of 1.23 percent.

Last week. Governor Northam amended Executive Order 72, which includes a continued modified stay at home order from midnight to 5:00 AM through February 28, 2021. In accordance with the Governor’s order, all individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence during the aforementioned hours with exceptions for obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, seeking medical attention, etc. For a full listing of purposes in which Individuals may leave their residences, please visit

Please be reminded that both physical distancing and face covering requirements remain in place and must be followed. Additionally, the gathering limit remains at 10 individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. As such, the same gathering limitation applies to Radford University and must be followed both on campus and in the community. Please note that classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical rotations and field experiences, are not included as part of this limitation.

As a Radford family, we have made great strides to continue our strong start to the Spring 2021 semester. However, in order to continue this level of success, all Highlanders must remain committed to their health, safety, and well-being and that of others. Please join me in remaining committed in the weeks and months to come!

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.