Pitt said 42 students have tested positive since the last update on Tuesday.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Beginning April 16, the University of Pittsburgh will implement a shelter-in-place period due to rising coronavirus cases.

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In an update Friday, Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office said the university-wide period means students can leave the house to attend in-person classes and for essentials. But officials say all other activity and large gatherings “should be restricted.”

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“This is to keep students and their families as safe as possible around in-person commencement ceremonies and depopulation at the end of term. We will continue to update the community with more information on end of term testing protocol and shelter-in-place information as plans develop,” the office said.

Pitt said 42 students have tested positive since the last update on Tuesday. A total of 71 students are in isolation.

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“With the U.K. variant, B.1.1.7, present on the Pittsburgh campus, we are highly concerned about increased transmission rates and a surge in cases. 42 new students testing positive for COVID-19 in three days is worrisome,” Pitt said.