Novel Coronavirus Updates

Feb. 13 - Official name announced, COVID-19

On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.  The University of Pittsburgh is updating our coronavirus resources to reflect this change.

Feb. 4 - Guidance on social distancing and contacting University health clinics

On Feb. 3, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance regarding travelers returning to the United States from China.

At select airports around the country, the CDC is screening travelers from China for evidence of a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.

For individuals arriving from Hubei Province, China—home to the city of Wuhan: The CDC is automatically quarantining these travelers in designated facilities, regardless of their health status.        

For individuals returning from China outside of Hubei Province:
The CDC is isolating any travelers who screen positive for a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. These individuals are moved to designated medical facilities, where they receive further evaluation and treatment, if necessary.  

The CDC is recommending that any travelers who present as healthy—with no evidence of fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath—practice social distancing for 14 days following their departure from China. Social distancing means avoiding public places where close contact with others may occur. This includes avoiding shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, schools and classroom settings, as well as shared transportation for the full 14-day period.

While there continue to be no confirmed cases of coronavirus in this area, the University of Pittsburgh is now encouraging—across its five campuses—social distancing for two specific groups of travelers. These are:   

  1. Any individual who has returned from China since Jan. 21, 2020.
  2. Any individual who has reason to believe they were directly exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Individuals who fall into at least one of these two groups should avoid attending campus or campus functions for the full 14-day social distancing period.

Students practicing social distancing should contact their academic advisers to discuss continuing their studies remotely. Faculty and staff practicing social distancing should contact their department chairs or supervisors to discuss the option of working from home. Any individual who has engaged in social distancing must call their designated University health clinic—identified below—before returning to campus.  

Pitt students should contact Student Health Service at 412-383-1800.

Pitt faculty and staff, including postdoctoral associates, should contact our Employee Health Clinic at 412-647-4949.