To reiterate, if you are ordering a test based on criteria above, you should be quarantining. Someone in quarantine stays in their home, place of residence or other designated facility since it is possible to be contagious, even before someone develops symptoms.
Faculty and staff Quest test results will be shared with MyHealth@Work, just as student Quest test results are shared with Student Health Service. These records are not shared anywhere else. Please contact MyHealth@Work with questions at 412-647-4949.
As a reminder, anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who thinks they have been exposed to the virus via travel or contact with others should call their health care provider to talk with a medical professional as soon as possible. Faculty and staff should also contact MyHealth@Work at 412-647-4949 if they think they’ve been exposed.
Pitt does not have vaccine yet but is actively engaged with the state to secure and distribute COVID-19 vaccinations for our faculty, staff and students on our campuses. Our number one priority is to vaccinate members of the Pitt community as efficiently and equitably as possible. Currently, the state is only providing vaccine to health care entities.
On Thursday and Friday of next week, Jan. 28 and 29, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will be providing vaccinations at the Petersen Events Center. ACHD controls this process and will only vaccinate clinical students who are patient-facing health care providers.
We will continue to post updates to keep you informed of Pitt’s own vaccination planning efforts. Please understand this will take time. When it is your turn to receive the vaccine, we will contact you. In the meantime: Thank you for your patience.
Daily Health Check app
Effective Monday, Jan. 25, faculty and staff will no longer be required to complete the health check app before entering a building on campus. Some exceptions will occur: University offices may still require staff to complete this step and faculty, staff and students who are in quarantine or isolation will be required to complete the app.
Thermal scanners remain in place for temperature checks, and all students, faculty or staff who lack the authority to be on campus—or any Pitt affiliates who are supposed to be in quarantine or isolation—will not have swipe access to enter campus facilities.
This does not mean we are relaxing mitigation. Virus circulation remains high and mitigation remains critically important. Studies have shown that mask wearing, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene are highly effective. However, there is no indication that daily health check apps reduce virus spread. Our goal is to focus on what we know works.
We urge you to continue to monitor your health and symptoms closely. Wear a face covering, maintain six feet of physical distance from others, maintain good hand hygiene, and don’t make new close contacts.
Thank you for your patience and partnership throughout this challenging time.
The COVID-19 Medical Response Office