University of Pittsburgh is operating under a modified status.

HOW IS THE UNIVERSITY KEEPING STUDENTS, PARENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF INFORMED?

The University announced March 18, 2020, that it 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.

Since January, the University has been providing information to the community to help provide instruction for personal and community welfare. We are constantly monitoring and relaying public health agencies’ instructions, government actions and expert advice. 

WHAT IS PITT DOING TO PREPARE FOR COVID-19 ON CAMPUS?

The University announced March 18, 2020, that it 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.

Since January, the University has been providing information to the community to help provide instruction for personal and community welfare. We are constantly monitoring and relaying public health agencies’ instructions, government actions and expert advice. 

WHAT WILL THE UNIVERSITY DO IF THERE IS A POSSIBLE CASE IDENTIFIED AMONG STUDENTS, FACULTY OR STAFF?

Pitt is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and has a Pandemic Preparedness Plan that outlines potential actions in the event that cases of COVID-19 are reported in the region or on any Pitt campus. Should this occur, Pitt will work closely with local and state health authorities to control spread of COVID-19. Isolating any confirmed or possible case will be a priority. To protect the Pitt community, all Pitt-affiliated individuals should practice social distancing for 14 days if they meet specific criteria.

IS THE UNIVERSITY PROVIDING PROTECTIVE MASKS?

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wea face maskS to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

As always, personal protective equipment is being provided to any personnel who require it based on their role and job functions.

HOW IS PITT WORKING TO KEEP FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES WHO REMAIN ON CAMPUS SAFE?

While campuses have shifted to a reduced operation status, the University’s frontline teams continue to service essential facilities while abiding by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Allegheny County Health Department. In working with the University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) team, Pitt has implemented a series of safety precautions for employees and contractors, including strict social distancing protocols, required use of protective personal equipment and frequent handwashing throughout shifts.

To help protect essential onsite employees, gloves are provided, with masks used for specially designated personnel and functions. Hand-sanitizing stations are available for use in multiple staff locations to ensure regular access. Daily shift reviews are held to review required safety procedures and best practices, and preventive health measures are also reinforced through signage communications in staff areas. Should staff members feel ill or display COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home and call their supervisors and MyHealth@Work (412-647-4949).