COVID-19 Updates

A bottle of medicine next to an orange-capped syringe
Early results of the trial, which is part of a three-trial platform consortium spanning more than 300 hospitals worldwide, found that full doses of heparin, a blood thinner, were not only safe but also reduced the need for vital organ support, such as ventilation.
The Petersen Event Center
On Jan. 28 and 29, the Allegheny County Health Department will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to Pitt health care students in the state’s Group 1A designation at the University’s Petersen Events Center. Clinical students in the health sciences who are patient-facing have been invited to take part at this time, per the direction of the ACHD. In addition to this clinic, UPMC is also vaccinating a number of our patient-facing health care personnel. Pitt is awaiting approval from the state to be an independent vaccine provider.
A person in a black face mask and T-shirt receiving a vaccination
Almost by accident, Pittsburgh police officer Antonio Ruiz joined the Moderna vaccine trial at Pitt. Read how his experience played out.
A depiction of the coronavirus in blue, red and white
With the delivery of the first batches of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, providers and laypeople alike have questions about the technologies behind them. Pitt Med magazine enlisted Jeremy Berg, Pitt’s associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in the health sciences, to help explain.
A man in a face mask and white coat and blue gloves administers a vaccine to a person in a yellow face mask and black shirt
Students and faculty from Pitt’s School of Pharmacy made history at a vaccinating the vaccinators event on Dec. 16. It’s just the beginning of the massive effort to inoculate health care workers against COVID-19.
A blue-tipped syringe with a drop of liquid at the end
Pittsburgh is one of more than 100 trial sites for a vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford. The vaccine was shown to be highly effective at combating COVID-19 in a preliminary analysis.
A panther statue in front of the Cathedral of Learning, covered in snow
As Pitt’s fall term comes to a close in an academic year like no other, the need for flexibility amid changing postures due to COVID-19 has been the rule. Here to help is a handy guide to important dates and updates for Pittsburgh campus students and employees on housing, building access, libraries, dining and more.
a blue tinted photo of a person wearing a Pitt branded mask. Text overlaid says "We have the power to fight this disease and show the world the power of Pitt"
Yes, it’s possible to get COVID-19 twice. With cases in the region rising and students preparing to leave Pitt campuses before Thanksgiving, here’s what you need to know about reinfection and spread.
A depiction of the coronavirus
Four Pitt experts offer their thoughts on Pfizer’s announcement today of a vaccine that early data show is more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Two signs in the grass reminding students about the Power of Pitt, with a student in a face mask walking past
The changes came after the University’s team of medical experts assessed a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases among students over the weekend and aim to reduce the spread of the virus when students interact with families and loved ones at the end of the term.