(Message posted January 13, 2022)
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
As we prepare to return to in-person teaching next Tuesday, please keep in mind the following:
- Medical evidence indicates that the omicron variant of the coronavirus is highly contagious, but causes milder symptoms than previous strains, particularly among vaccinated and younger individuals. However, the prevalence of less severe symptoms is no reason to let our guard down.
- Virus mitigation efforts continue to be extremely important. Practice physical distancing whenever possible. Wear a properly fitting mask and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. In your residence, frequently clean high-touch areas.
- Get tested right away if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Should you test positive, follow the isolation protocol as directed.
- Avoid congested public spaces as much as possible- our campus community is >90% vaccinated, but in other settings, it is likely that far fewer individuals are vaccinated.
- Get a booster vaccine when you are eligible.
On a separate note, there is a winter weather event developing that will likely impact our region Sunday and Monday. We are keeping a close eye on this and will communicate with the campus community if any actions need to be taken in response.
Let’s have a rewarding semester filled with great learning opportunities for all.
Robert Gregerson, PhD
President, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg