Number of COVID cases on Oakland campus continues to rise

As of July 10, there were 16 active cases of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students who have been on Pitt's Oakland campus over the past 14 days.

In total the number of confirmed cases since June 26 stands at 29 — 20 students and nine faculty or staff. Of those, 11 students and two faculty or staff have recovered.

The University has said that the website would be updated at 4 p.m. each Friday with new case numbers. The new numbers reflect 10 new cases since July 2 — six students and four faculty or staff.

Pitt started reporting confirmed cases on June 26, when there were five students and one faculty or staff member who had tested positive.

As with the original cases, these community members are isolating in a designated campus location with medical support and oversight or are at their off-campus residence until they recover, Pitt spokesman Kevin Zwick said.

The number of students on campus is still very limited.

The football team started arriving in batches on June 8 and were quarantined for two weeks prior to starting voluntary workouts, which began June 22.

There also are some students in residence halls who were unable to return home for the summer. A Pitt spokesman said approximately 50 non-student athletes have remained in University housing throughout the summer.

Student-athletes in men's basketball, women's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball will start to come back to campus on June 29 for a phased return to voluntary offseason activities. Athletics staff have been returning in small groups every two weeks starting June 1. The last group will come back on July 13.

Other faculty and staff are beginning to return to Oakland as research labs open.

The University will not give specific information about the individual cases. Contact tracing is being performed and notifications will be made to any University member who was possibly exposed. All contacts deemed at risk of exposure will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Pitt’s new Healthcare Advisory Group is developing plans for virus testing, symptom monitoring, quarantining and contact tracing as more people return to campus.

Students are supposed to start arriving for the fall semester on Aug. 13, with classes beginning remotely on Aug. 19 and in person, where appropriate, on Aug. 24.

— Susan Jones