According to the CDC, social distancing is defined as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g. bus, subway, taxi, ride share), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others. Congregate settings include classes, laboratories, work/office and campus activities.
I AM A STUDENT, FEEL SICK, AND CAN'T PARTICIPATE IN CLASSWORK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Students who remain on campus and who think they may have COVID-19 should immediately call Pitt’s Student Health Service at 412-383-1800. They should then contact their academic advisor for further instruction about their studies.
IF I AM AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS ASKED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WILL I BE PAID?
Effective Mar. 11, 2020, the University will be assigning all staff two weeks (10 working days) of paid sick leave above and beyond accumulated time, up to the policy threshold of 120 total days.
For other work-related questions, contact the Office of Human Resources.
I BELIEVE I AM EXPERIENCING SOCIAL STIGMA DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The safety and well-being of all Pitt community members is the University’s top priority. Any Pitt student or faculty or staff member who feels as if they are being discriminated against because of their race or ethnic background is strongly encouraged to contact Pitt’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Pitt has a nondiscrimination notice that applies today, during this outbreak, and every day.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP STOP STIGMA RELATED TO COVID-19?
You can provide social support and counter stigma by learning and sharing facts about how COVID-19 spreads. The CDC has developed resources to help communicate facts about COVID-19.
WHERE DO I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Please continue to visit this website for the most up-to-date information about the University’s response to COVID-19. Additional information on COVID-19 is available from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).
HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Everyday preventive actions help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then promptly throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough into your elbow or sleeve.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning agent.