This week, we are beginning the first of what will be regular updates from the COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO), discussing information about COVID-19 that is relevant to the Pitt community.

Trends to Note

Across all five University of Pittsburgh campuses, the total number of students, faculty and staff members who have tested positive in the last week remains very low.

Our early data for surveillance testing of asymptomatic students shows low prevalence as expected. This indicates that students followed our shelter-in-place and daily symptom check guidelines. Relative to the overall population of students, the number of symptomatic students who have tested positive remains low.

In Allegheny County, home to the University’s Pittsburgh campus, the total number of confirmed cases per day in the general population continues to decrease.

Surveillance Testing Results

The first two rounds of surveillance testing on the Pittsburgh campus for incoming students who are asymptomatic is complete. Results from the first round indicated that two asymptomatic students tested positive for COVID-19 and they are now in isolation facilities on the Pittsburgh campus.

Testing Dates Campus Number of Tests Number of Positive Results Prevalance
Aug. 12 - 13 Pittsburgh 450 2 0.44%

Scheduled Testing Sessions

Pittsburgh Campus

  • Aug. 16 - 17
  • Aug. 20 - 21
  • Aug. 24 - 25
  • Aug. 28 - 29

Other Regional Campuses

  • Aug. 18 - 19

Data Check-in

Number of students, faculty and staff who were on the Pittsburgh campus in the 14 days prior to a COVID-19 positive test result. Regional campuses were closed this summer and regional campus testing begins August 18 and 19.

Campus Number of Positive Results for Students Number of Students in On-Campus Isolation Number of Positive Results for Faculty and Staff
Pittsburgh 11 4 3

Number of new positive cases per day in counties that are home to a Pitt campus.

County (Campus) Average Number of New Positive Cases / Day*
McLean (Bradford) 0
Westmoreland (Greensburg) 12
Cambria (Johnstown) 5
Allegheny (Pittsburgh) 80
Crawford (Titusville) 4

*7-day rolling average, updated Aug. 14, 2020.

Operational Postures

Guarded Risk

Elevated Risk

Guarded Risk

Elevated Risk

Guarded Risk

If current local trends hold, the Greensburg campus will move to the Guarded Risk posture on Aug. 24.

Data In Context

What does this mean going forward? We can’t let our guard down. We will no doubt see more cases in the coming days and weeks, but by working together, we can do our part toward a healthy campus experience for everyone. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Always practice healthy behaviors – wear a face covering when you are outside your home or room and around others, practice physical distancing, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • If you are students sheltering in place at home or in your pod, limit the number of times you have to leave your home or room. Check out PittWire for things you can do together as you shelter in place.
  • Complete your Daily Health Check using the app.
  • If you’d like to share concerns about compliance, you can report concerns online. This will help us ensure a safer campus.

Thank you for joining us in keeping safety a top priority to start the fall semester. 

And remember, you have the Power of Pitt.

COVID-19 Medical Response Office.

Monday, August 17, 2020