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The VMI Pandemic Task Force and Institute leadership continue to monitor the latest information regarding the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on the analysis of the current COVID-19 situation, changes to operations, events, and protocols may occur throughout the school year. Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented across all aspects of cadet life, and leadership has identified key areas for social distancing enforcement to maintain safety throughout the course of physical training and activities required of all cadets.

This website will be updated as new information regarding the coronavirus and its impact on the Institute is available. Cadets are encouraged to be signed up for emergency alerts through the VMI Mass Notification System to receive a phone call and text with emergency information. For questions or more information, contact coronavirus@vmi.edu

The health and safety of the corps of cadets, faculty, and staff is our top priority.



 

Health & Safety

Ensuring the health and safety of the entire VMI community while operating in a COVID-19 environment requires modifications to virtually all aspects of the VMI experience.

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Wear Face Coverings

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Wash Hands Frequently

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Maintain Social Distancing

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Monitor Your Health

 

Cadets, faculty, and staff are all required to utilize the LiveSafe Daily Health Check app each day to track and report symptoms prior to arriving on post or attending events. For cadets, daily screening using the Livesafe App works hand in hand with the VMI Infirmary MEDICAT system.

Cadets experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms will inform the Infirmary. Medical staff will determine the next steps of testing, isolation, quarantine, and/or contact tracing.

If any VMI employee or their family members are diagnosed by a competent medical authority as having contracted COVID-19, the VMI member (faculty, staff, employee) must contact Lt. Col. Ellie Kania, Human Resources Director at (540) 464-7159. Identities will be kept confidential; however, there are Commonwealth of Virginia reports that must be filed and protocols that must be followed for the health and safety of VMI.

 

icon of man wearing a maskAt this time, face coverings are required by cadets, faculty, staff, and visitors at all times while on Post. Exceptions are when a cadet is in his or her own room in barracks and when an employee is alone in his or her office.


The Institute Physician and our VMI Infirmary team are critical to successful completion of the Fall 2020 semester. They will oversee the COVID-19 screening of all returning and new cadets. They are also responsible for supervising the isolation of any cadets diagnosed with COVID-19 and the quarantining of any cadets determined through contact tracing, to have had close contact with an infected person. Finally, the Institute Physician and his staff, in coordination with Human Resources and Emergency Management, developed COVID-19 training that has been completed by the entire VMI community upon return to Post.

Specific protocols and procedures are outlined in the Return to Post/Fall 2020 Operational Plan.



 

Case & Operations Dashboard


Currently, VMI has 7 active positive cases of COVID-19: 4 cadets and 3 faculty/staff. 92 cadets are currently in quarantine. On Oct. 23, 2020, the infirmary administered 6 COVID-19 tests to cadets. [updated 10/24/2020 at 10:15 AM]

 



At this time, Fall 2020 Academic Operations remain at planned levels: 44% in-person, 34% hybrid, and 22% online.

 


COVID-19 CASE TRACKING

Please note: The positive COVID-19 cases listed below are those that have been officially reported to VMI. This list does not include any case status information from cadets, faculty, or staff which has not been reported to the Institute.

Date of Positive Test ReportedClassification of PatientCase Status
October 19, 2020 Contractor Active
October 18, 2020 Cadet Active
October 17, 2020 Cadet Active
October 15, 2020 Cadet Active
October 15, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 14, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 14, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 14, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 14, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 14, 2020 Contractor  Active 
October 14, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 13, 2020 Cadet  Active 
October 13, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 13, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 12, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 12, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
October 12, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 11, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 11, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 11, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 10, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 10, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 10, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 10, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 9, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 8, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed 
October 8, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 8, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 8, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 8, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 8, 2020 Cadet   Case Closed
October 8, 2020 Cadet   Case Closed
October 8, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 7, 2020   Cadet   Case Closed
October 7, 2020   Cadet   Case Closed
October 7, 2020   Cadet   Case Closed
October 7, 2020   Cadet   Case Closed
October 7, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 7, 2020  Cadet   Case Closed
October 6, 2020 Cadet   Case Closed
October 6, 2020 Cadet   Case Closed
October 6, 2020 Cadet   Case Closed
October 6, 2020 Cadet   Case Closed
October 5, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
October 5, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
October 5, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
October 4, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
October 4, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed 
October 4, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
October 4, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 4, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 4, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 4, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 4, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 4, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 3, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 3, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 3, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 3, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 1, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 1, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 1, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 1, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 1, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
October 1, 2020 Faculty/Staff Active
September 30, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 30, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 30, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 29, 2020  Faculty/Staff  Case Closed
September 28, 2020 Contractor  Case Closed
September 28, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 27, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 27, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 27, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 27, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 27, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 26, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 25, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 25, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed 
September 25, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
September 25, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
September 25, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
September 25, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 25, 2020 Cadet  Case Closed
September 25, 2020  Cadet  Case Closed
September 24, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 21, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 20, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 17, 2020 Faculty/Staff Case Closed
September 17, 2020 Faculty/Staff Case Closed
September 15, 2020 Faculty/Staff Case Closed
September 9, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 9, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 6, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
September 2, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
July 17, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
July 12, 2020 Cadet Case Closed
July 10, 2020 Faculty/Staff Case Closed
July 6, 2020 Faculty/Staff Case Closed
July 2, 2020 Faculty/Staff Case Closed
June 1, 2020 Contractor Case Closed
May 5, 2020 Contractor Case Closed

 

For questions about dashboard numbers, please contact coronavirus@vmi.edu.



 

Community Information

 Operational Status Updates and Cancellations

VMI Facility Status

FacilityStatus
Cocke Hall CLOSED to the General Public
Corps Physical Training Facility CLOSED to the General Public
Cormack Hall CLOSED to the General Public
George C. Marshall Museum UPDATE: The George C. Marshall Museum is now open. Their current hours are: Monday through Friday, 1–4pm.
Preston Library CLOSED to the General Public
Stonewall Jackson House UPDATE: The Stonewall Jackson House Museum Store, Orientation Exhibits and Garden are open free of charge Thursday through Monday, 9am-5pm. Tours of the house will not resume before mid-September 2020.

 

VMI Museum CLOSED to the General Public
Virginia Museum of the Civil War UPDATE: Open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Upcoming Event Information

Up-to-date special event cancellations and building status updates can be found in the For Community section of the Fall 2020 webpage. If your event is not listed there, it is still scheduled to occur as planned. For more information about events that have been changed or cancelled, contact the office responsible for the event:  

VMI thanks you for your patience and understanding as decisions are made and as we continue to operate as an educational institution. Previous post-wide notices can be found on our Previous Communications page.

Lexington Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 information, including mask directives and updates from the mayor, is available from the City of Lexington.



 

FAQs & Resources

Answer: Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) sites dedicated to Coronavirus information. Links to official government resources can be found below.
Answer: There has been a change to what was published in the OPLAN.  In general, the current policy states that VMI faculty, staff, employees, and cadets must wear a mask/facial covering at all times when on Post.  There are exceptions to that general policy as detailed below:

Cadets may remove their facial coverings when:

  1. In their assigned barracks room and there is no one in the room besides their assigned roommates (family unit).
  2. Conducting individual PT or during group PT when the group can maintain 10 feet of social distancing. Facial coverings are to be worn to/from place of PT.
  3. When authorized by an instructor, in a classroom and as part of a group discussion where there is a minimum of six feet between group participants. The mask is removed to answer/respond and then replaced.

Faculty, staff, and employees may remove their facial coverings when:

  1. Alone in their own office.
  2. In the instructor cubicles in SSH where the desks are socially distanced and have partitions between them.
  3. When teaching from behind a plexiglass shield/barrier.
Answer: It will take the entire VMI community to stop the spread of the virus. We have an obligation to our fellow cadets and fellow employees to wear a face covering at all times. When you see someone without a face covering, ask them to put one on.
Answer: In general, the rules for pedestrian flows inside a building hallway or stairway is to walk to the right; maintain social distancing; avoid becoming stationary so as not to impede others; and, avoid congregating in hallways and stairways. Special signage is being posted within all facilities as a reminder to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

There may be exceptions that will be noted within facilities as needed. The VMI COVID-19 Operations Plan allows for these exceptions in that “All department heads, directors, and/or building managers will develop a traffic flow/management plan for their areas of responsibility to limit close personal contact, ensure smooth transition between classes and activities, and prevent the congregation of cadets, faculty, staff, and employees.”

Please contact your individual Building Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.
Answer: The general process for cleaning barracks, academic spaces, and other areas on post has been aligned with guidelines of the CDC and VDH. This will continue through spring furlough and beyond. Custodial staff are not permitted to clean inside the individual cadet rooms, so cadets are required to clean their own spaces, especially door knobs, desktops, and sinks.
Answer: Any operational updates and/or cancellations to events at VMI are listed on the Fall 2020 webpage. If your event is not listed under the Operational Updates / Cancellation section of the page, it is still scheduled to occur as planned. For more information about events that have been changed or cancelled, contact the office responsible for the event:

Answer:“Active Positive Cases” means the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among cadets, faculty, and staff. Cadets, faculty, and staff are required to report any positive test to either Post Hospital (for cadets) or Human Resources (for faculty and staff). A case will be reported as “active positive” as long as the individual remains in isolation as ordered by a medical professional. Positive cases that are no longer active are listed in the “VMI Reported Cases Status” log above.

“Pending Cadet Test” means that a COVID-19 test has been administered by Post Hospital and is awaiting results. VMI is working with local hospitals to process COVID-19 tests. As of the end of August, the turnaround time on test results is about 24 hours. Cadets who have been tested but have not yet received their results are placed in isolation. These cadets awaiting test results are not included in the “Cadets in Isolation” tally.

“Cadets in Quarantine” means that a cadet is healthy but is being separated from the rest of the Corps for any number of reasons. These include, but are not limited to, having close contact with a COVID-positive individual, an international cadet who is required by the State Department to quarantine upon arrival in the United States, a cadet who needs to limit exposure while awaiting a medical procedure. The length of each cadet’s quarantine is determined by their circumstances.

“Cadets in Isolation” means that a cadet has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive. The cadet will remain in isolation until Post Hospital determines, in accordance with Virginia Department of Health and CDC guidelines, that the cadet is no longer infectious.
Answer: No. In accordance with the Virginia Department of Health guidelines for reopening college campuses, VMI is not testing every cadet. Rather, each cadet is responsible for reporting any symptoms of COVID-19 to the Post Hospital who will determine whether a test should be administered. Cadets, faculty, and staff are required to report a positive test to VMI. The numbers of active positive cases on the dashboard reflect the positive tests administered by the Post Hospital as well as those reported to the Institute.
Answer: VMI has a number of locations around post that offer both private and semi-private sleeping quarters with either private or semi-private restrooms. Whether a cadet is assigned a private room or a semi-private room is determined by a number of factors and will be decided by Post Hospital. Additionally, VMI has a contract with a local hotel for rooms as necessary.
Answer: No. A cadet who is in isolation or quarantine will be able to participate in their academic program virtually as long as they are medically able to do so.
Answer: For any additional questions or concerns, please contact coronavirus@vmi.edu. Please allow up to 72 hours for response.

Official Government Resources

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