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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, one of the top administrators at Pitt.

Pitt to require COVID-19 containment measures for the unvaccinated

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief July 23, 2021
Pitt will require unvaccinated students and employees to take part in a series of strict COVID-19 containment measures this fall, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in a Friday afternoon email.
Dr. Shamkumar Nambulli, a researcher from the Center for Vaccine Research, worked on the delivery of the nanobodies to hamsters to fight against COVID-19 and neutralize the virus’ effect on the body.

Pitt researchers discover possible new COVID-19 treatment

By Shreya Joshi, For The Pitt News July 14, 2021
Pitt researchers published a scientific paper detailing the idea of delivering nanobodies — antibodies derived from mammals in the camel family and 10 times smaller than traditional human antibodies — to hamsters who were severely infected by COVID-19.
The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

Pitt to require unvaccinated students to comply with stricter health rules

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer July 1, 2021
Pitt sent two Thursday emails with details about health plans for the fall in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Compass Group, Pitt’s dining contractor for the past year, is planning to make some changes to the dining experience for the upcoming fall semester.

Compass looks to further improve Pitt dining experience this fall

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer June 29, 2021
Pitt’s dining contractor, Compass Group, is planning to bring more diverse menu options and let students serve themselves at the dining halls, rather than being pre-packaged meals like last year. Students can also expect two new dining options in the WPU.
Pitt students are looking forward to the in-person activities and opportunities that will be available this upcoming year.

Health restrictions, spirits lift as Pitt updates COVID-19 guidelines

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer June 25, 2021
As more and more people become vaccinated, the CDC, Governor Tom Wolf and Pitt administration are not only lifting their COVID-19 restrictions, but also Pitt students’ spirits.
Pitt’s Staff Council spent their June meeting discussing the possibility of a flexible work model as Pitt returns to in-person instruction in the fall, as well as announcing new officers and reflecting on the council’s accomplishments over the last four years.

Staff Council discusses flexible work model amidst vaccine mandate discussion

By Dhara Patel, For The Pitt News June 23, 2021
Pitt’s Staff Council spent their June meeting discussing the possibility of a flexible work model as the University returns to in-person instruction in the fall, as well as announcing new officers and reflecting on the council’s accomplishments over the last four years.
Editorial | A $2,500 lottery is no replacement for a vaccine mandate

Editorial | A $2,500 lottery is no replacement for a vaccine mandate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board June 23, 2021
As more contagious COVID-19 variants emerge, it will be crucial to have a fully vaccinated student population that will also be willing to receive potential COVID-19 booster shots in the fall.
Opinion | The COVID-19 pandemic prematurely aged us

Opinion | The COVID-19 pandemic prematurely aged us

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Columnist June 23, 2021
I went from someone able to stay up and out until after the sun came up to someone who prefers to be home at a normal time so I can watch HGTV before going to sleep in just a year.
Pitt provides COVID-19 vaccine incentives, no plans for vaccine requirement

Pitt provides COVID-19 vaccine incentives, no plans for vaccine requirement

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 17, 2021
Pitt students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are now eligible to receive prizes, including up to $2,500 in cash. The University added that there are no plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations to be on campus this fall.
While the CDC said fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings in most indoor settings, some people are nervous about removing their masks.

‘People are generally happier’: Oakland adjusts to new CDC guidelines

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer June 9, 2021
While CDC guidelines say those fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face coverings in most settings, some people say they’re unsure about not wearing masks since not everyone has gotten vaccinated yet and some may not be truthful about their vaccination status.
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