University Communication to Students
Distributed: October 22, 2020
Posted: October 23, 2020
With temperatures becoming colder again this weekend, and folks moving
indoors, we continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases across Allegheny County.
Therefore, our commitment to the common good remains a critical focus to
New This Week:
In the interest of the Common Good, you are encouraged to participate in
Carlow’s Halloween Mask Contest. Visit Carlow’s Instagram page for details -
and learn how to not only take part in but win a chance at a $100 gift card
from our bookstore. A winner will be selected Oct. 28, so act today!
Treat Symptoms with Caution
It is important that if you are having any symptoms within the COVID-19
to respond as if they are COVID-19 related until you have determined otherwise
through a physician. As we move into the cold and flu season, we will begin to
experience normal illnesses as in years past. Please exercise an abundance of
caution and hold in place at the onset of any symptoms, for both you and the
County Health Department Assistance
The State and County Health departments are reporting moderate to low
compliance with contract tracing, most notable that folks are not returning
phone calls in a timely manner. Contact tracing, and the resulting quarantine
directives where appropriate, are imperative to combating spread of the
pandemic virus. If you receive a phone call and message from a contact tracer,
please return the phone call at your earliest convenience.
After reviewing outcomes from recent research, the CDC has revised their
information regarding “what” constitutes a known contact. The CDC
includes as contacts “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for
a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2
days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test
specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”
Disabilities Services Office (DSO)
It is still possible to request accommodations through the DSO. Please use the
link below to complete a Confidential Request for Accommodation form. A
meeting with the DSO will help determine accommodations for which you may be
qualified. Accommodations are not retroactive but can be placed for the
remainder of the semester.
PA COVID-19 Tracking App
The Allegheny County Health Department is asking all residents to consider
downloading and using the state tracking app. COVID Alert PA is the official
mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the
Exposure Notification System (ENS)
provided by Apple and Google.
Commitment to the Common Good
Demonstrating our commitment to the common good always
includes wearing a face mask, social distancing 6 feet or more, washing our
hands frequently, and cleaning up common areas before and after our individual
COVID-19 Campus Dashboard
As previously communicated, the University has a dashboard that tracks
confirmed positive cases on the University
The University is working with the Allegheny County Health Department for
monitoring and contact tracing. Those who may have been exposed will be
contacted either by the health department, the University, or both. Exposure
alerts may also be helpful through the PA COVID-19 Tracking App.
Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!
The annual flu shot clinic is hosted by the American Healthcare Group, who
will be here on campus October 28 and 29. For more information, consult Health
Services and visit the CDC
If you are running into an issue, please contact Student Affairs at
submit a report
and let the Care Team know about your needs, questions, or concerns. We will
reach out and assist you.
Take care and stay safe,
Timothy P. Phillips, PhD
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students