Pitt orders shelter in place for returning students; negative covid test to attend classes in person

Students returning to University of Pittsburgh campuses Monday for the start of the spring semester were ordered to stay in their dorms and get tested to make sure they haven’t been infected with the coronavirus.

The university has announced that it will provide its approximately 34,000 returning students with a free covid test through Quest Diagnostics.

School officials have asked students to submit test results before returning to campus housing in Oakland, Hempfield and other locations.

Unvaccinated students living on campus are required to submit a negative covid test result before returning to class.

Students began returning to the dorms on January 8.

“A university-wide shelter-in-place period will begin on Saturday, January 8 at all campuses,” officials from the Pitt Covid-19 Medical Response Office said. “After arrival, students must shelter in place for at least five days, whether you live on or off campus. ”

“Students should not go to class until they test negative for covid-19,” officials wrote in a communication to families. “Students who test positive will be given details on how to self-isolate. ”

University officials also asked students to limit close contact, wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Students were advised to leave their residences only to attend in-person classes, collect food, visit the library, and for other essential activities. The group study is expected to be done remotely, officials said.

For courses in which in-person instruction has been approved, students should only attend if they have been vaccinated and do not show symptoms of covid. Unvaccinated students must provide the university with weekly covid tests that show they are negative for the virus.

All staff and students must also wear face coverings inside all buildings on campus.

Public access to the Pitt building is also restricted to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Tony LaRussa is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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