University of Pittsburgh is operating under a modified status.


As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase in each of the counties where Pitt operates, please review the additional guidance for supervisors for possible scenarios.

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.

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 — COVID-19 Update

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.

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 »

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.

As the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the University of Pittsburgh will be taking additional steps that reduce—to an absolute minimum—the need for faculty and staff to be on our campuses while allowing our core teaching and research mission to continue.

The University continues to take measures to protect the health of the Pitt community and our neighbors, including work to ensure that the community avoids large gatherings, which COVID-19 has made unsafe. Unfortunately, as a result, we have decided to postpone all of this spring’s commencement ceremonies and activities.