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‘If I just walked out and left, no one would know’: Students detail lax rules, miscommunication in Pitt’s quarantine housing

Pitt has not disclosed the specific location of student quarantine and isolation housing.

By Rebecca Johnson and Rashi Ranjan

October 21, 2020

In Pitt’s quarantine housing, students described lax rules and little oversight, allowing them to skirt the University’s physical distancing rules. One student said they went on walks outside, and others in the housing had visitors, even whole families.

Pitt dining worker union alleges ‘direct violation’ of contract by dining contractor, raises safety concerns

About 400 to 500 dining workers were laid off in the spring under then dining contractor Sodexo when Pitt adjusted its dining services.

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

By cutting hours for Pitt dining workers, their union argues contractor Compass Group is committing a “direct violation” of its contract. The company said it has “temporarily adjusted hours slightly in order to maintain the working status of all associates.”

Pitt adds 10 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt adds 10 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 20, 2020

Pitt added 10 new COVID-19 cases, composed of nine students and one employee, between Friday and Monday.

Large crowd, few masks at Schenley Park worship service

California-based Christian musician Sean Feucht hosted a worship service with about 200 people in Schenley Park this afternoon, where few attendees were wearing masks or social distancing.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

October 19, 2020

California-based Christian musician Sean Feucht hosted a worship service Sunday evening at Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill that drew about 200 people. Few attendees of the “Let Us Worship” outdoor concert wore masks or were socially distanced.

Pitt adds 5 cases since Monday

Pitt adds 5 cases since Monday

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 16, 2020

The test results arrive as Pitt’s Oakland campus prepares to move to the Guarded Risk posture on Monday, if case numbers remain low, University officials announced last week.

Students will be asked to shelter in place for two weeks before winter break, head of COVID-19 Medical Response Office says

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the University would send out more concrete guidance on the shelter-in-place period “shortly,” during a virtual Senate Council meeting on Thursday.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 16, 2020

All students will be asked to shelter in place for 14 days before leaving campus for winter break, according to Dr. John Williams, the head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office.

Pitt adds 10 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt adds 10 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2020

Pitt added 10 new COVID-19 cases, composed entirely of students, between Friday and Monday.

‘A professional narc’: Pandemic safety ambassadors navigate Oakland’s streets

Madison Sciullo (left) and Jordyn Roman (right) are two of the 280 student employees working as pandemic safety ambassadors.

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer

October 12, 2020

Maria Lucy can be found traversing Oakland’s streets during the week, talking to members of the Pittsburgh community about COVID-19 and sharing resources, such as masks and hand sanitizer. She said her job is educating people when they need it, and reporting them when they don’t listen.

Pitt adds 7 COVID-19 cases since Monday

Pitt adds 7 COVID-19 cases since Monday

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 9, 2020

Pitt added seven new COVID-19 cases, composed entirely of students, between Monday and Thursday.

‘A difficult time for us all’: Panel discusses mental health during COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice movement

Pitt and Student Government Board held the roundtable event “COVID-19, Intersectionality and Mental Health” on Tuesday.

By Alex Nieves, For The Pitt News

October 9, 2020

Camille Interligi, lead clinician for multicultural outreach from the University Counseling Center, said at a Monday roundtable that the concept of mental health itself — especially in regards to mental illness — is a racist and patriarchal construct.

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