This page was last updated 09/08/2020

Question: What type of screening is taking place on campus?

Answer: Utilizing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, everyone who comes on campus is required to stop daily at a designated screening area before entering any building. There are temperature checks and questions that focus on any potential COVID-19 related symptoms, one’s possible exposure to COVID-19 and recent travel. Signage throughout campus directs people to the screening locations, which are: AJ Palumbo Building, Frances Warde Hall and the fifth floor of University Commons.

Everyone who passes the screening will receive a color coded and dated sticker for the day which must be worn in a visible place on one’s person.

Faculty, staff and students who come on campus will be screened once a day -- even if they leave campus and return on the same day. Students who live in residence halls also will be screened only once a day - prior to leaving the residence halls.

Question: What if someone doesn’t pass the screening?

Answer: Anyone who does not pass the screening will not be permitted to remain on campus. Students will be directed to the Health Services Office, and faculty and staff will be instructed to contact their healthcare provider and communicate this information to Human Resources. Read specific instructions for resident students, commuter students, employees and visitors, and faculty.

Question: Should people self-screen before coming to campus?

Answer: Yes. All individuals have a responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One’s temperature should be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, and one should be able to answer no to exhibiting the following symptoms in the prior 14-day period: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea. A person should also be able to answer that he/she did not have exposure to a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.

Anyone who must enter campus during a time when a screening station is not open is required to self-screen, check temperature and answer the questions above. An additional resource is to use the CDC Coronavirus Self- checker.  

Question: What type of protocol is in place for quarantine and isolation?

Answer: Students, faculty and staff may be asked to quarantine for 14 consecutive days if they are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19, answered “yes” to any of the screening questions or have been diagnosed with an infection. Additionally, classrooms or workspaces that have been occupied by a compromised individual may be closed. There are designated areas on campus for residence hall students to quarantine, and University Health Services will support them with all appropriate follow-up. Additionally, the University will assist all students who need to leave campus due to illness.

Question: Is the University conducting COVID-19 testing on campus?

Answer: Given the limited scope of campus health facilities, the University will refer students, faculty and staff to local testing sites or primary care physicians for referral.

Question: Is the University engaged in contact tracing?

Answer: Yes. Under CDC guidelines, the University is working collaboratively with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on contact tracing. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, the affected individuals should contact the Executive Director of Health and Counseling Services and the Campus Nurse at 412-578-6474. ACHD will conduct the contact tracing.

Question: Can faculty and staff return to campus after they recover from COVID-19?

Answer: Yes. They must obtain a return-to-work statement signed by a physician or complete a Return to Work Self Certification Form after self-isolating for 14 days. Employees should direct any questions to the Human Resources Office.

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