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 who need medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and other physical goods to manage the growing demand 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, 2020 – 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.

March 20, 2020 – Building Access Updates

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.

March 15, 2020 – Public Access to Facilities

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.

March 15, 2020 – Campus Recreation Facilities

Effective Sunday, March 15, all indoor recreation facilities will be closed (including the sports dome, residence halls, William Pitt Union, Baierl, Fitzgerald and Trees). 

Outdoor recreation fields will be open to students beginning Monday, March 16.

For updated hours and information and for virtual options for recreation, please visit the campus recreation website

In order to promote social distancing, any nonessential gathering or event with more than 25 participants scheduled through April 17, 2020 should be canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual event. No new events should be scheduled at this time. 

March 9, 2020 – FAQ Updated

See what steps to take if you are planning a large campus event.  

The health and safety of everyone in the University of Pittsburgh community is a top priority. For that reason, Pitt has decided to cancel all University-sponsored spring break study abroad and spring break study away programs that require air travel. In addition, Pitt is taking a proactive approach to locations with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, and thus is requiring students who are studying abroad in France, Germany and Spain to return to the United States.

Pitt continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, including recommendations from national, state and local public health authorities. As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves, Pitt is now encouraging all Pitt-affiliated people across its five campuses to practice social distancing upon return from areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19.