The following is a general response to individuals anywhere on the Pittsburgh campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

When the symptomatic person is a:

Faculty or staff member anywhere on campus:

  1. The symptomatic individual must go home immediately. If the symptomatic individual does not have immediate access to transportation, have them avoid contact with others by waiting alone in a room with the door closed until transportation arrives.
  2. The symptomatic individual should promptly call their supervisor, health care provider and MyHealth@Work (Pitt’s employee health clinic) at 412-647-4949 upon arriving home.
    • The health care provider and MyHealth@Work will provide guidance on managing symptoms, accessing testing and other care needs.
    • If the individual tests positive, MyHealth@Work should be notified. MyHealth@Work will then provide updates to the necessary areas and monitor the individual’s progress and recovery.
    • Symptomatic individuals or those who test positive must quarantine or isolate away from campus until medical clearance is obtained from their health care provider and MyHealth@Work.
  3. The individual’s supervisor should contact Environmental Health & Safety at 412-624-9505 so the room(s) can be temporarily closed and then cleaned by designated personnel. The supervisor and EH&S will also support contact tracing.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, EH&S will notify custodial staff to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. If the closure for 24 hours is not possible, the room will be promptly cleaned by designated personnel. 


Student in a residence hall room:

  1. The symptomatic student must stay in their room and avoid contact with others.
  2. The symptomatic student should promptly call Student Health Service (SHS) at 412-383-1800.
    • SHS will provide guidance on managing symptoms, accessing testing and other care needs.
    • If the individual requests to return to their permanent residence, SHS will advise if they are able to wait in their room until they can arrange for a guardian or other individual to pick them up.
  3. SHS will notify Panther Central and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), who will support contact tracing and coordinate closure and cleaning of any affected areas.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, EH&S will notify custodial staff to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. If the closure for 24 hours is not possible, the room will be promptly cleaned by designated personnel. 


Student anywhere on campus other than a residence hall room:

  1. The symptomatic student should immediately return to their residence, avoid contact with others and call Student Health Service (SHS) at 412-383-1800.
    • If the student resides in a University residence hall, follow the steps above.
    • If the student resides off campus, SHS will advise on next steps.
  2. The faculty or staff member who was with the student at the time symptoms developed should report the building and room number of the encounter to Environmental Health & Safety at 412-624-9505 so the room can be cleaned by designated personnel. If a staff or faculty member was not with the student at the time of symptoms developing, SHS will work with the student to obtain this information and notify EH&S.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, EH&S will notify custodial personnel to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. When the closure period is not possible, prompt cleaning and disinfection by designated personnel will occur. 


Authorized Visitor in a Pitt building (vendor, contractor, service provider):

  1. The symptomatic individual must go home immediately.
  2. The host department or unit must promptly call Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at 412-624-9505 so the room can be cleaned by designated personnel.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, EH&S will notify custodial personnel to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. When the closure period is not possible, prompt cleaning and disinfection by designated personnel will occur. 


An individual calls to report symptoms but has not been on campus within the last 14 days.

  1. Ask the individual to remain off campus and contact Student Health Service (SHS) and MyHealth@Work (faculty and staff) to determine any steps that need to be taken and to ensure we are able to monitor their progress and recovery.
  2. You do not need to take any additional action at this time.
     

Confirmed Positive Cases

If a University member calls to report a positive test for COVID-19 and has been on campus within the last 14 days:

  1. Ask the individual to contact Student Health Service (SHS) or MyHealth@Work (faculty and staff).
  2.  SHS or MyHealth@Work will contact the Allegheny County Department of Health and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).
  3. SHS or MyHealth@Work will coordinate contact tracing with the Allegheny County Department of Health and EH&S.
  4. EH&S will manage any cleaning and disinfection of areas where the person spent considerable time in the 48 hours prior to experiencing symptoms.

If a University member calls to report a positive test for COVID-19 and has not been on campus within the last 14 days:

  1. Ask the individual to remain off campus and contact Student Health Service (SHS) and MyHealth@Work (faculty and staff) to determine any steps that need to be taken and to ensure we are able to monitor their progress and recovery.
  2. You do not need to take any additional action at this time. 

While most COVID-19 cases do not require response by emergency medical services, in the case of a life-threatening or severe medical emergency, please call 911 (or 412-624-2121 on the Pittsburgh Campus).

As always, we must ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and prioritize patient privacy. Additional guidance for supervisors is available from the Office of Human Resources.