University Communication to Students
Distributed: October 22, 2020
Posted: October 23, 2020  

Dear Students,

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 staying healthy.

New This Week:

Be Creative!

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 scope 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 community.

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.

New CDC Guidance on Contacts

After reviewing outcomes from recent research, the CDC has revised their information regarding “what” constitutes a known contact. The CDC guidance 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.”

Important Resources:

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 use.

COVID-19 Campus Dashboard

As previously communicated, the University has a dashboard that tracks confirmed positive cases on the University website. 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 website.

If you are running into an issue, please contact Student Affairs at 412-578-6293 or 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