At midnight tonight, the Pittsburgh campus is moving to the Elevated Risk Posture. This action is being taken to respond to a significant increase in positive cases among students over the weekend. There have been at least 40 confirmed cases since Friday, which we suspect are linked to gatherings that took place over the Halloween weekend.
In addition, in order to further mitigate the spread of the virus on the Pittsburgh campus, the shelter-in place originally scheduled for Thursday, November 12, will also begin at midnight tonight. 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; study in the library; work when necessary; and shop for essentials and medical needs. Group work for classes and student activities should be held virtually. Read more details in the COVID-19 Medical Response Office message detailing shelter in place.
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 6 feet between you and others when possible. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Pitt's health rules remain the same through every risk posture.