June 8

Pitt will be open for the fall. The current planning effort supports all activities of the University, including teaching, housing and residence life, student activities, food services, research, athletics and more. These activities will still occur, but according to the new requirements outlined in our infection prevention and control program. As a result, we will need to modify some of our activities to ensure that they remain safe and consistent with our commitment to manage risks related to the novel coronavirus.

May 13

By May 15, all five counties that are home to University of Pittsburgh campuses will have a yellow phase designation, per the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This new designation has no immediate impact on Pitt’s operational stance, and our use of remote learning and working from home will continue. At the same time, we are actively preparing for changes in our operational status and prioritizing the expansion of research functions performed onsite.

May 8

The University of Pittsburgh has been expecting and actively planning for the easing of government restrictions related to the pandemic. As these restrictions relax, the University will issue our own guidance on how to best support the safety and well-being of our campus communities under the Yellow Phase designation.

Until then, our current reduced operating status—including our use of remote work and learning—remains in place. We will continue to keep our community members informed as our operating status evolves.

May 7

With the University operating in a modified status, internal planning to ramp up physical operations has begun. Three task forces are envisioning the process from multiple perspectives to align with public safety guidance.

April 20

The University of Pittsburgh has reviewed and implemented all provisions in the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations. The University had already taken many steps outlined in the order, including staggering start and break times, enforcing social distancing, providing masks and screening employees. Updated guidance for mask usage was provided to all employees who perform essential physical operations.

March 26

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent situation for hospitals, emergency responders and health care workers and for social service agencies that serve at-risk populations. Needs include facilities use, medical and cleaning supplies, and other physical goods to manage the growing need for care.

March 23

Yesterday we shared with you the news of our first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Pittsburgh campus. Our thoughts and warm wishes for a full recovery are with this student and their family.

Unfortunately, based on what we are seeing around the world and in our communities close to home, we know this will not be the last case to affect our Pitt community. I am writing today to answer your questions about what we are doing in response to this pandemic, to explain what you can expect from us and to remind you what steps you can take to help keep yourselves, your neighbors and our communities safe.

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March 22

Late last night, we learned of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in one of our Pittsburgh campus residence halls. We have also been made aware of other potential cases within the University of Pittsburgh community and expect that we will continue to see an increase in the number of people impacted as COVID-19 spreads throughout our communities.

In regard to this confirmed case, we are following existing protocols and working with local health officials to support the affected student and help reduce the spread of infection to others.

March 20

Pitt continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, including recommendations from national, state and local public health authorities. As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves, Pitt is now encouraging all Pitt-affiliated people across its five campuses to practice social distancing upon return from areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19.

March 20

See guidance on how to respond to individuals anywhere on one of Pitt’s campuses or in any Pitt building who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, persistent coughing, persistent sneezing and/or shortness of breath.

March 20

As a result of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s directive and Governor Tom Wolf’s order to further limit campus operations and cease non-essential services, University of Pittsburgh building access will be limited to those with essential activities included in the scope of the governor’s order, including vital research and Pitt Police facilities, effective Friday, March 20, at 5 p.m.

UPDATE: building access changes beginning March 23 »

March 15

Effective Sunday, March 15, all indoor recreation facilities will be closed (including the sports dome, residence halls, William Pitt Union, Baierl, Fitzgerald and Trees). 

Outdoor recreation fields will be open to students beginning Monday, March 16.

For updated hours and information and for virtual options for recreation, please visit the campus recreation website

March 15

As a result of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s directive and Governor Tom Wolf’s order to further limit campus operations and cease non-essential services, University of Pittsburgh building access will be limited to those with essential activities included in the scope of the Governor’s order, including vital research and Pitt Police facilities, effective Friday, March 20, at 5 p.m.

March 13

The U.S. Department of State has issued a do not travel advisory for China at this time. This development follows the World Health Organization’s decision to classify the novel coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan, China, as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.    

March 11

In order to promote social distancing, any nonessential gathering or event with more than 25 participants scheduled through April 17, 2020 should be canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual event. No new events should be scheduled at this time.