Dear Campus Community,
The University of Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Advisory Group (HCAG), in consultation with the COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO) and University senior leadership, has reviewed the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases on campus and directed Pitt-Johnstown to move from Guarded Risk Posture to Elevated Risk Posture by 5 pm today. All units should transition to Elevated Risk Posture as outlined in their Activity Area Plans.
In the past week, there have been a total of ten COVID-19 positive student cases. All students who have tested positive are in isolation. The close contacts of these individuals are currently in quarantine and being monitored by Health Services.
More information about what it means to transition from Guarded Risk Posture to Elevated Risk Posture is available online, and additional details and information will be shared in the following days regarding the impact of the shift in operational risk posture on specific campus activities. The University’s Resilience Framework has plans to address the movement of operational risk postures so students can continue their educational pathway uninterrupted.
Guided by the CMRO, medical resources are available to the Pitt-Johnstown community for mitigation and containment. Increased testing has been implemented and comprehensive contact tracing will continue. The HCAG reviews campus, county and commonwealth data on a weekly basis and will inform our campus community when we can move to a different posture.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, please contact Health Services at 814-269-7110 or OHCS@pitt.edu. And remember, no matter what posture we’re in: Wear your face covering. Practice physical distancing. Practice good hand hygiene. Keep your close contacts to a minimum.
We hope you are staying well and appreciate all you are doing to keep our community healthy and safe. Stay Mountain Cat Strong!
Dr. Jem Spectar, President