At 9 p.m., the Pittsburgh campus is moving to the Elevated Risk Posture. This action is being taken to respond to a consistent increase in positive cases among students. With the presence of the U.K. variant, B 1.1.7., on campus and in Allegheny County, the COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO) is concerned that this trend will continue. Of significant concern is that the increase in positive cases since the end of last week is now among our residence hall students.
In addition, in order to further mitigate the spread of the virus on campus, a shelter-in-place period will also begin at 9 p.m. and remain in effect until the CMRO advises that it is safe to lift. During the shelter-in-place period, students should only leave their rooms or apartments to attend classes, labs, or clinicals in person; pick up food; exercise safely; work when necessary; and shop for essentials and medical needs. Group work for classes and student activities should be held virtually.
Campus dining will be available via takeout only beginning with tomorrow morning’s breakfast service. Residence hall lounges, recreation rooms and kitchens will begin closing tonight.
As always, face coverings are required inside and out. Physical distancing is necessary, with a minimum of six feet between you and others when possible. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Pitt's health rules remain the same through every risk posture.