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Pitt adds 26 COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

Pitt adds 26 COVID-19 cases since Tuesday
January 22, 2021
Pitt added 26 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 24 students and two employees, between Tuesday and Thursday, with 32 students currently in isolation. The University’s previous case report, covering last Friday to Monday, included nine cases.

Pitt remembers Holocaust survivor, alumna Shulamit Bastacky

Holocaust survivor and educator Shulamit Bastacky passed away Jan. 1, at the age of 79, after battling cancer.
January 22, 2021
Teddy bears are a common gift for any age or event, but for the Pitt community, teddy bears represent Holocaust survivor and educator Shulamit Bastacky, and her overwhelming kindness and passion to help others. Bastacky passed away Jan. 1 at 79.

Students in ‘clinical-facing positions’ to receive vaccines late next week

Dr. John Williams, the head of the COVID-19 Medical Response Office, clarified details about Pitt’s vaccination effort, which could provide shots to up to 800 people, at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting.
January 21, 2021
Students in “clinical-facing positions” will be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for next Thursday or Friday at the Petersen Events Center, according to COVID-19 Medical Response Office officials.

Police Blotter: Jan. 14-Jan. 20

Police Blotter: Jan. 14-Jan. 20
January 21, 2021
Harassment by communication, theft and more in this week’s police blotter.

Oakland businesses get creative to stay afloat amid pandemic

Chas Bonasorte, owner of The Pittsburgh Stop on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, stands in front of his apparel and merchandise stand.
January 21, 2021
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions during the holiday season, some Oakland businesses have transformed the way they do business and relied more heavily on online sales.

Students concerned about online learning, burnout during spring semester

Students will be able to move back into residence halls in late January or early February if they test negative for COVID-19.
January 18, 2021
As the spring semester begins, many students are preparing for classes and move-in while still being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Students shared their thoughts and concerns regarding housing, classes and other topics about the spring semester.

Port Authority bus driver pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in student’s death

Barbara Como, a senior anthropology major, was struck by a Port Authority bus turning from Fifth Avenue onto DeSoto Street on Jan. 18.
January 11, 2021
The Port Authority bus driver who fatally struck a Pitt student last year pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person on Monday. The driver will serve three years of probation.

Bigelow to reopen on Christmas Eve

Construction on Bigelow Boulevard lasted from November 2019 through this December.
December 23, 2020
Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes and Fifth avenues will reopen on Christmas Eve this Thursday, City and Pitt officials announced Wednesday.

Community members raise concerns about planned Oakland apartment building

Jay Silverman, managing principal at Dwell Design Studios, discusses updated designs for a proposed apartment building at 3500 Forbes Ave.
December 18, 2020
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. held a Tuesday evening meeting on Zoom to discuss projects happening around the neighborhood, including the Forbes Avenue project.

Gallagher says Pitt ‘best in class of major universities’ in COVID-19 performance, looks to spring semester

TPN File photo
December 10, 2020
Amid rising COVID-19 case numbers, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt will use similar techniques from the fall to slow the spread of the virus in the spring such as the shelter-in-place period as well as “pods” to limit social interaction.
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