COVID-19 Updates

A woman in a yellow shirt and blue vest packs vegetables into a plastic bag
This year’s United Way campaign resulted in total pledges of more than $718,000, the highest amount ever raised by the campaign. The campaign’s total included nearly $25,000 raised from special events—also a record for the University.
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The University of Pittsburgh’s approach to operational planning amid the pandemic preserves commitments to its mission of teaching, research and service while helping to control the spread of COVID-19 and adapt to its ongoing presence. Read the latest updates.
An array of cleaning supplies in rainbow order
Ever wonder what exactly is in your surface cleaners and disinfectant wipes, and how they work against bacteria? Engineering’s Eric Beckman explains the advantages and effects of common cleaning agents for household tasks.
A man in a gray dress shirt writes in a notebook while on the phone
Slouching on the couch? Wrists wrenched? Ergonomics expert April Chambers offers tips for adjusting your home workspace.
A map indicating organizations with relationships with Pitt colleagues
Interested in volunteering your time or making a connection in the Pittsburgh community? Use Pitt’s Engagement and Outreach Map to locate organizations and learn what connections have already been established.
A man and woman in white smile for the camera
The pandemic can be difficult for kids to understand—two medical students, one on a research year at Pitt, have written an illustrated book to help.
Justin LeWinter in a blue face mask standing next to a truck and a pile of cardboard boxes
In Pittsburgh’s Hill District, local organizations are connecting through weekly phone calls to help people and businesses in need. From delivering lunch boxes to a mask donation program, the spirit of community is alive, even while residents are apart.
a woman in a red sweater holding her hands together in a heart shape
More than 600 Pitt community members have volunteered throughout the pandemic, demonstrating they are the helpers Fred Rogers said to look for in tough times.
Rory Cooper (left) with friend David Gifford (right) just before the 2020 virtual Pittsburgh Marathon
Last October, Rory Cooper crashed his handcycle during the early miles of a marathon. The director of Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories would go on to finish the remaining 23.2 miles, then spend four days in a coma. Read about his incredible recovery, and his long history of working to improve wheelchair users’ lives.
A depiction of a textile repelling elements
A team in the Swanson School of Engineering created a textile coating that can not only repel liquids like blood and saliva but also prevent viruses from adhering to the surface.