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Spring 2022 FAQ

Additional content will be added to this page as needed. This information is subject to change. Information was accurate as of the updated date below. Things may have changed since.

Last updated 1/5/2022

RETURNING TO CAMPUS

Do I need to provide a negative test result before I move into campus housing?
If you are unvaccinated, you must submit a negative COVID-19 test before moving into campus housing. Order your test now if you haven’t already done so. 

Can I provide a pre-arrival negative test result from another lab besides Quest?
No, we are accepting only Quest test results.

I’m having trouble ordering my Quest test. What should I do?
Keep trying to order your test. Volume is high currently, which may cause delays.
Call Quest at 855-324-7472 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or, call after hours at 866-697-8378 and select “patient.”

Do I need to provide a negative test after I arrive on campus?
Yes, all resident students – regardless of vaccination status – must submit a negative COVID-19 test after arriving on campus. Order your test and have it sent to your university address before you travel to campus. To ensure timely delivery, please order it as soon as possible.

I don’t know my mailbox number. Who can help me?
Email Leasa Maley or Heather Ritts

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Do I need to provide a pre- or post-arrival COVID-19 test result?
No. However, if you are unvaccinated, you will need to resume weekly COVID-19 testing after 90 days of testing positive. 

Can I stay home and take classes remotely until Jan. 24?
Yes, you have that option. However, since the demand for COVID-19 testing currently is high, we strongly recommend you return to campus and submit your post-arrival test no later than Jan. 17 to allow for processing and to be ready to attend in-person classes on Jan. 24. If you move in later, you’ll need to coordinate your move-in day and time with our Residential Life and Housing staff.

If I stay home until Jan. 24, can I get a tuition and room and board reduction?
The University will not provide any tuition and/or room and board reductions if students choose to stay home at this time.

Will any of my classes be in-person?
Student-teacher placements, and internships will follow the protocols of those organizations. All other on-campus courses/labs will be remote for two weeks. 

What do I do if I don’t have the technology to access my remote courses?

  • You have a few options:
    • You may request a Chromebook from the Pittsburgh campus here
    • You may use the computer labs on campus:
      • Rooms 110 and 113 Fisher Hall
      • Room 106 Swarts Hall
      • Room 158 Sport and Fitness Center
      • Any computer in Hanley Library 
    • You may reach out to the staff in CTM who can provide support. 

If I test positive for COVID-19 before I come to campus what should I do?
Do not come to campus until your isolation period is complete.
Please email Health Services to make the staff aware of your positive test result.

If I feel sick while I’m home, what should I do?
Students should order a Quest test kit and get a negative test result before returning to campus. 
Faculty and staff should contact their health care provider, who will determine whether a COVID-19 test is needed. If you test positive, please notify the staff at MyHealth@Work, who will provide support.

If I test positive, how long will I have to stay in isolation?
You will need to isolate for five full days from the first day you had symptoms or, if you are asymptomatic, the day you received your positive test result. If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving, you may leave after five days but must continue to wear a face covering in all settings for an additional five days. If your symptoms continue, wait until you are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms are improving before ending isolation. Learn more here.

If I need to isolate or quarantine, can I do that at home?
Yes.

Will the fitness center be open during the shelter-in-place period?
Yes, but everyone exercising in the fitness center must wear a face covering.  

VACCINATIONS/BOOSTERS

Are boosters required?
Booster shots are not required but are strongly encouraged.

Will I be able to get a vaccination or booster shot on campus?
Yes. A vaccine clinic will be held on campus Jan. 27, where you will be able to get a Pfizer booster or a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. You may schedule your appointment here.
There are also locations in the Bradford community where you can get a booster. See the list below.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Is the university requiring vaccinations in the spring term?
Yes. Effective December 6, 2021, all University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff on all campuses must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption to remain a community member. Please read the full message dated 11/1/21.

What if I feel ill?
If you feel sick, stay in your room and call Health Services at 814-362-5272. The staff there will help students manage symptoms and receive testing. We recommend testing for all University members—including vaccinated individuals—who become symptomatic after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?
When a medical professional confirms that a member of the Pitt community has COVID-19, if the evaluated individual is a student they must report their diagnosis to Health Services at 814-362-5272 and help identify all known close contacts. A close contact is someone who spends at least 15 minutes within six feet of an infected individual. The use of face coverings does not factor into this determination. If the evaluated individual is faculty or staff please notify MyHealth@Work at 412-647-4949.

Those who test positive will be isolated until medically cleared. This rule applies regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

What if I have been in contact with someone who tests positive?
Fully vaccinated university members who are identified as a close contact are not required to quarantine. However, in addition to wearing a face covering while indoors on campus, you should get tested 5-7 days after exposure and wear a mask in all public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result.

Unvaccinated university members who are identified as a close contact or who have a COVID-19 positive individual in their household must quarantine away from others — and avoid circulating on campus or in public — for 10 days.

Will common spaces and the Sport and Fitness Center be open?
Yes. We anticipate common spaces and the Sport and Fitness Center being open for the 2021-2022 school year. Masks are required in the Sport and Fitness Center, including while working out.

How many positive cases have there been on campus?
Please refer to the Campus Cases page.

FACE COVERINGS

Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?
Yes. Regardless of your vaccination status, you’ll need to wear a well-fitting face covering indoors unless you are in your own room or apartment. Outdoors: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and those who are or live with someone who is immunocompromised should wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to maintain physical distancing. Additionally, anyone is welcome to wear a face covering at any time.

Do I have to wear a different kind of mask?
You may continue to wear cloth face coverings as long as they fit properly. 

How do I know if my face covering fits properly?
Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and fit tightly against the face, with no gaps, to be effective. Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the face covering. Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the face covering. If the face covering has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the face covering and may be able to see the face covering move in and out with each breath.

What should I do if I feel I cannot wear a face covering?
If you have a medical condition that you believe limits your ability to wear a face covering as required by University policy, you must contact the office of Disability Resources and Services. DRS will work with you to determine whether and to what extent such limitations can be accommodated.

Can the University deny my request not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) a face covering?
Yes. The University will examine requests not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) face coverings on an individual basis. To ensure the safety of the University community and the public, such requests will only be granted where legally required.

When do I need to make a request not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) a face covering?
You will not be permitted to enter a University building without wearing a face covering unless and until you are specifically approved to do so by DRS in writing. As such, you should contact DRS to begin the accommodation request process as soon as possible. Because of the risk to the safety of the University community and the public, the University will not provisionally grant requests not to wear (or to limit the wearing of) face coverings while the accommodation request process is ongoing.

What should I do if I do not want to wear a face covering?
In the absence of a qualifying medical condition that prohibits you from complying with the University’s policy, you are required to wear a face covering indoors unless you are in an enclosed private office or dwelling.

What should I do if I see someone in a University building who is not wearing a face covering?
If you see someone who is not wearing a face covering and/or who is improperly wearing a face covering (e.g., with their mouth or nose exposed), you may ask them to put one on. If the person who is not following safety regulations is a student, you may make a report to the Office of Student Conduct. If the person is not a student, contact the Pitt Concern Connection.

As an instructor, what should I do if a student in my class is not wearing a face covering?
You should remind the student that the university’s Health Rules require that everyone wear a face covering while indoors. If the student refuses to comply, you may ask them to leave class. If the student is still refusing to wear a face covering and to leave the classroom, you should dismiss the class for the safety of the other students and file a conduct referral with the Office of Student Conduct.

What are the penalties for failing to follow the University’s standards and guidelines on face coverings?
Employees who fail to follow University Standards and Guidelines will be subject to discipline, up to an including termination. Students who fail to follow University Standard and Guidelines will be subject to a range of sanctions from probation to dismissal. The University reserves the right to deny an individual entry onto and/or remove and individual from university property should they refuse to follow University Standards and Guidelines.

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED

Can I still upload my vaccination status to the student health portal?
Yes. To provide proof of vaccination, you will need to upload your COVID-19 vaccination card. Your vaccination status will be used only for our virus control program and will be accessed only by appropriately authorized personnel.

What if I have difficulty uploading my proof of vaccination to the student health portal?
Take a picture of your vaccination card and send it to upb.healthservices@pitt.edu.

What if I have only received one shot of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccination series?
You can get your second dose in Bradford. After you receive your second dose, submit proof of that to the student health portal as soon as possible. Your record should be recognized as complete about 24 hours after submission.

Below you will find information on the vaccination options that Walmart pharmacy and CVS pharmacy currently have. Anyone receiving a vaccination should bring their photo ID, insurance card, and prior vaccination card if receiving a second dose. Both are accessible by Area Transportation Authority bus.

Walmart pharmacy, 50 Foster Brook Blvd. (814) 368-4700
Walmart pharmacy offers walk-ins anytime they are open, and online scheduled appointments. Walmart has the Pfizer vaccine available to anyone, and has Moderna available only to those that need their second dose.

Online scheduling: Walmart.com/covid

  1. Select book your COVID vaccine.
  2. Select if you’ve been previously vaccinated or not.
    • CDC guidelines states that Pfizer second doses should be administered no less than 21 days after your first dose, and Moderna second does should be administered no less than 28 days after your first dose. 
  3. If yes, select the vaccination you previously received (either Pfizer or Moderna) and schedule an appointment.
  4. If not, make that selection and continue on to scheduling appointment. 

CVS pharmacy, 10 Davis St. (814) 362-4559

CVS pharmacy offers walk-ins anytime they are open before 8:30pm, and online scheduled appointments. CVS only has the Moderna vaccine.

Online scheduling: CVS.com/coronavirus

  1. Select schedule a vaccine.
  2. Complete the health screening questionnaire.
  3. Select if you need to start vaccination or need a second dose.
    • CDC guidelines states that Moderna second does should be administered no less than 28 days after your first dose.
  4. Answer the following questions and continue to scheduling.

Will I have to undergo routine COVID-19 testing or undergo contact tracing and quarantine if I am exposed to the coronavirus?
No. If you are vaccinated, you will not be required to comply with most mitigation measures, such as COVID-19 routine testing, contact tracing, shelter in place or quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.

MANDATORY VIRUS TESTING

Should I order a test kit even if I am vaccinated?
Weekly virus testing is required for students, staff, and faculty who have not uploaded proof of vaccination.

I’m unable to create a Quest account.
Keep trying. However, if you continue to experience issues, contact Quest directly at 855-324-7472 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or call after hours at 866-697-8378 and select “patient.”

Where do I go for mandatory testing?
At this time, test kits are not available for pick up. Rather, test kits must be ordered and will be shipped to your residence. If you have not uploaded proof of vaccination, you are required to order your COVID-19 test kit through Quest.

Students can order their test kit here.

Faculty and staff can order their test kit here.

How long do I have to return the test?
Test kits must be ordered within 48 hours of the email invitation and should be returned on the same day or next day. Place your completed kit in the clear bag provided and place it into the large bin with the bright yellow top, which is located next to the Information Desk in the Commons.

To avoid any delays, we recommend you drop off your completed tests before noon each Monday.

How long will it take to get results?
That depends on the volume of tests Quest receives. Check your Quest MyAccount dashboard for results. Student health or MyHealth@Work will also receive results.

What happens if I don’t order, take or return the COVID-19 test?
You will be referred to student life or human resources for further disciplinary action, including potentially limiting access to Pitt facilities.

Do I have to participate in mandatory weekly testing if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from mandatory weekly testing for 90 days after testing positive. You must resume weekly testing after that 90 days passes.

If I’m working 100% remotely on a full-time basis, do I need to submit my vaccination card?
Yes! Employees who are 100% remote still need to upload their vaccination card. The University wants everyone be vaccinated. It’s for your health and safety as well as for your family, friends and community, including the Pitt community. After all, remote employees may be called to campus for a meeting or other work.

Do I have to inform my supervisor, instructor or resident assistant about my vaccination status?
No. If you chose to upload your vaccination card, that information is not shared. All University members should refrain from asking others about their vaccination status as such dialogue could prompt disclosure of confidential medical information, which is protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

I received the first vaccination. Will this have any effect on the COVID test?
No, the vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test.