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The Virginia Department of Health announced plans to close all community testing centers due to the decrease in demand and availability of PCR and rapid antigen tests, according to WTOP. The centers opened amid the omicron surge last December.

WTOP reported that, instead, the department will carry out a localized testing initiative run through mobile vans.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Virginia Tech Athletics announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test result will no longer be required to attend its indoor events. Face masks remain mandatory.

Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 dashboard showed that as of Feb. 11, 83 out of the 627 tests administered in the past seven days had positive results. There are 91 self-reported active cases among students, of which 12.1% are asymptomatic, 71.4% have mild symptoms and 16.5% have moderate symptoms.

As of Friday, Feb. 11, Virginia’s COVID-19 reported cases rose by 4,275, making the total number of cases 1,602,691, according to WHSV. There were also 89 additional deaths, increasing the death toll to 17,482.

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