Newsletter: Final Exercises, Vaccines, Art Exhibits
In This Email:
Planning for Final Exercises
Pop-up art exhibits
As we write today, the University continues to hold new cases of COVID-19 to some of the lowest levels we have seen all year. Over the past seven days the University has averaged four cases per day and a positivity rate of just 0.18%. These numbers are a testament to the incredible effort University students, faculty, and staff are putting into keeping each other healthy and safe.
Thanks to your vigilance, the University has been able to relax our public health guidelines. As our public health advisors would emphasize, though, the threat from the virus is not over. As a reminder, we strongly discourage students from violating the University’s travel guidance, particularly for trips to spring break locations. We also urge you to be cautious about gatherings for the NCAA Tournament – the indoor gathering limit remains at six, with a limit of 10 if you are gathering outside.
In case you missed it, yesterday President Jim Ryan offered an update on the University’s planning for Final Exercises for the Class of 2021 following Gov. Ralph Northam’s release of new, more flexible guidelines for graduation ceremonies. As he said, increased attendance limits will allow UVA far more flexibility as we work to offer our graduates a safe and meaningful experience. We are adjusting our plans in light of this guidance and will provide an update no later than April 2.
We also continue to work with an advisory group from the Class of 2020 to develop a graduation ceremony that allows them to celebrate their achievements in the way they deserve, particularly after such a difficult end to their UVA experience.
Finally, we want to take a moment and offer a special thank you to University faculty and staff, who have been doing heroic work under difficult circumstances for more than a year now. To state the obvious, just as the pandemic has changed UVA for our students, it has imposed extraordinary hardships on all of our faculty and staff. And yet, all of you have found a way to allow us to continue to do what we do: delivering world-class instruction, research, service, and patient care, while at the same time keeping the people around us healthy and safe. We are honored to call you colleagues.
Liz Magill Provost
JJ Davis Chief Operating Officer
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) Vaccine Update
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will soon open group 1C, which includes higher education faculty and staff, for vaccinations. If you have pre-registered, you will be contacted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. If you have not pre-registered to get vaccinated through the Vaccinate Virginia website, please do so now. You can also call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You will not be on the list without this pre-registration.
As a reminder, the University is not making determinations on who may be vaccinated. The VDH and Blue Ridge Health District provide guidance on who is eligible to be vaccinated and make all decisions on prioritization for vaccine distribution.
Asymptomatic COVID Testing Clinic Moving
On March 29, the Asymptomatic COVID Testing Clinic is moving from the UVA Health Education Resource Center on Lee Street back to the Student Activities Building (SAB) off Alderman Road near Scott Stadium. Parking is available on site. Any appointments scheduled for March 29 or later will take place at the SAB. Please call 434-243-9534 if you have a question about your appointment. Note – this clinic provides nasal swab tests for different purposes (e.g., close contact testing) than the saliva testing sites where students complete their weekly prevalence testing. Information about prevalence testing is available at besafe.virginia.edu.
Resources for Healthy Social Connection
Healthy social connection with others is important for well-being! Check out the well-being guides from the Office of Health Promotion to find resources and ideas to support your social well-being, or schedule some time with a Peer Health Educator (PHE) to walk through the well-being guides together. Additionally, the Office of Student Engagement has a new digital activity hub to help you find COVID-safe things to do. If you prefer to have such activities emailed to you each week, sign up for the PHEs Wahoo Weekender newsletter!
Brighter Together Art Exhibits
UVA Arts and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts, along with the Division of Student Affairs are proud to partner to present a series of pop-up exhibits featuring projection mapping artwork of local artist Jeff Dobrow on weekends between March and May. These projections will be mapped onto five unique locations across campus with each location receiving two nights of projections for four hours after dusk. Each building will receive its own unique projection set to music with an uplifting and joyous theme.
Safe and Fun things Students CAN Do
The pandemic makes it more difficult for students to do a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun at UVA. The Office of Student Engagement offers resources to help students get active, meet new people, and make the most of this unique and challenging semester. Visit the Spring Fun 2021 page for more information.
Spikeball! If you haven’t played it, Spikeball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world because it is easy to pick up, challenging to master and tons of fun. Today is the last day to register for the UVA Intramural Spikeball Tournament. Register now for the 3/24 Spikeball Tournament.
Additionally, the deadlines for these opportunities are coming up fast: