Pitt announced in an e-mail on Sunday that the university learned late on Saturday night of the confirmation of a COVID 19 case by students in the university dormitory. She is also aware of other potential cases in the community of Pitt and expects the number of people potentially affected to increase further.
Pitt spokesman David Seldin refused the name of the dorm where the student lived, but said the injured student was under quarantine.
In an email, the university said it adhered to existing protocols and worked with local health officials to support affected students and limit the spread of the infection.
These measures include working with victims and cleaning and disinfecting the areas where the person has lived and all other areas that he or she has visited over a long period of time. The university confirmed in an e-mail that it was already in close contact with people, and Seldin said that these people were isolating themselves.
A few weeks ago, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced that Mr. Pitt would be attending online courses indefinitely from Monday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university urged the students not to return to campus after the spring holidays and offered a partial refund for the moved students. About 500 students currently live in dormitories on campus, Seldin said.
According to the Department of Health, there are currently 40 cases registered in Allegheni County, compared to 479 in the state.
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage citizens to take self-protective measures, such as not touching their eyes, nose and mouth, frequent washing of their hands, and social remoteness. The Agency encourages citizens to consult their doctor if they develop fever, cough or shortness of breath approximately 2 to 14 days after close contact with a person known to have been exposed to the virus or have recently travelled to an area where the spread of COVID-19 is widespread or persistent in the community.
Pitt students can contact the Student Health Service at 412-383-1800, and Pitt faculty and staff can contact the Staff Health Clinic at 412-647-4949. Commonwealth residents can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 877-724-3258.