Entering the third week of online classes at the University of Virginia, activity on Grounds has slowed greatly. All but essential employees are now working from home; most students are gone and an eerie silence reigns over the Lawn.
You can hear the birds more clearly, the squirrels racing through the trees above. Often, the only noise is the low hum of the hospital power plant down the hill from the East Range, a previously imperceptible sound that is now a constant reminder of the life-saving work that continues at UVA Health.
Here is what UVA looks like right now, as we enter the third week of this unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic.