Virginia Tech’s coronavirus cases more than double with latest numbers

416 total coronavirus cases identified at the university

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in New River Valley
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in New River Valley

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The coronavirus case count at Virginia Tech continues to grow.

On Friday, the university updated its COVID-19 dashboard, announcing that from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4, 238 new positive coronavirus tests have been performed on campus.

Those tests make up nearly 20% of the 966 cases performed since the last dashboard update posted Aug. 30.

The university was previously only updating this information weekly but announced their plan to provide more updates starting next week.

In total, the university has reported 416 cases, with an overall 3.7% positivite rate among the 11,257 tests.

University spokesperson Mark Owczarski said Virginia Tech has anticipated a rise in cases.

“It is not unexpected that the number of cases has gone up with the increase in population,” Owczarski said. “Our plans are in place such that these numbers are at a place where we can manage them.”

New River Health District director Dr. Noelle Bissell said Thursday that she expects a short-term increase in COVID-19 cases on Virginia Tech’s campus.

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