UPDATE - Please note that University senior leadership has made the decision to remain at Elevated Risk Operational Posture since this message was posted.
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(Message posted July 8, 2020)
Dear Members of the Pitt-Greensburg Community:
Chancellor Gallagher has established the Resilience Framework which combines a constant monitoring of conditions on our campus and the prevalence of the virus with a set of universal health rules to help keep us safe and foundational principles to guide our operations.. In a recent communication, the Chancellor clarified the three operational postures that provide guidance for how each campus will conduct its business. Here are descriptions of the High Risk, Elevated Risk, and Guarded Risk Operational Postures:
Like Pennsylvania’s Red, Yellow, and Green county phases, Pitt’s operational postures define what is allowable across our people, places, and programs. While all of our operational postures will meet the minimum requirements of the current phase (Red, Yellow, or Green) of our counties, we will customize our operational posture based on factors unique to the University, including cases on campus, adherence to health and safety guidelines, and availability of personal protective equipment and isolation beds.
On Monday, July 13, Pitt-Greensburg will move to the Guarded Risk Operational Posture, which will define our planning and operating processes as shown above. We are all aware that the COVID-19 pandemic creates a very challenging environment for institutions of all types. If circumstances change, we may need to alter our operational posture. The University of Pittsburgh has an impressive collection of expertise to help guide decision making. The Pitt Emergency Operations Center, in conjunction with the Healthcare Advisory Group, will make recommendations to University’s senior leadership team about suggested risk postures for each campus. As circumstances dictate, we will inform the community of any changes to our operational posture, or any modifications that are necessary.
I hope that this message finds you and yours in good health and spirits.
Dr. Robert Gregerson
President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg