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.

These efforts include:

  • Retracing the affected individual’s movements.
  • Reaching out to people who have had close contact with the individual; these contacts have all been made at this time.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting areas where this individual resided and any other areas this individual visited for a prolonged period.

In addition, as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of virus, early last week we began the process of moving all students who remain on campus to residences where they will be in private rooms with individual bathrooms.

Support for Patients, Families and Friends

Any student who remains on a Pitt campus and begins to experience symptoms should immediately call Student Health Service at 412-383-1800.

Any Pitt employee who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms should immediately self-isolate and call their physician, their supervisor and the University’s employee health service, MyHealth@Work, at 412-647-4949. The MyHealth@Work walk-in clinic on our Pittsburgh campus remains open for faculty and staff who must be on-site to perform their job duties. Please call prior to visiting any clinic or health care facility.

Remote counseling services are available to any Pitt community member in need. Interested faculty and staff should contact Life Solutions (1-866-647-3432); students should contact our University Counseling Center.

We also offer detailed Guidelines for Responding to Symptomatic Individuals.

Limiting the Spread of the Virus

To help limit the spread of the virus, we are encouraging every Pitt community member to practice social distancing, self-isolate as appropriate, and cooperate with current public health guidance and officials.

To do our part in preventing the spread of infection locally, the University is conducting all classes through online or alternative learning platforms. We have also halted all nonessential research and University travel, moved most employees to a remote work status, canceled all University events and closed most facilities on our campus grounds.

In addition, we continue to work closely with the Allegheny County Health Department and its counterparts at our regional campuses to review potential cases and identify individuals who may have had close contact with a confirmed case.

Moving forward, for any additional cases we will continue to work closely with health officials, communicate directly with any close contacts and follow the appropriate processes. We are also asking all faculty, students and staff to continue visiting our emergency management website, which remains a one-stop-source for new guidance and information related to the University’s pandemic response.

Sunday, March 22, 2020