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Pitt Students To Shelter-In-Place Due To Rising COVID-19 Case Counts

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Pitt is telling students to shelter-in-place starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday; KDKA's Royce Jones reports.

Video Transcript

- New at 5:00, COVID cases are spiraling out of control at the University of Pittsburgh campus. And today, the University is taking hard measures to try to reverse that trend. Our Royce Jones is live with what's being done to address it now. Royce?

ROYCE JONES: Here on the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in Oakland, as many as eight students are testing positive for the coronavirus each day. And according to the University, one of the COVID-19 variants is among the positive test results. Because of this, the campus is cracking down, increasing the exposure risk, and asking students to shelter in place.

As the rain falls, students on the University of Pittsburgh campus are under another cloud, a rise in COVID cases.

- We're so close to the end, just keep that in mind. Come on.

ROYCE JONES: The University has growing concerns about the newly released data on its COVID-19 dashboard. While case numbers remain low on its regional campuses, they are soaring on the University's main campus, where 29 students have tested positive, 67 are being isolated, and one staff or faculty member has also tested positive, all happening within the past 14 days.

ANA YOUNGBLUT: I think Pitt's doing a really good job about it, actually. I think that they're taking all the steps. It's just, some students just don't follow them.

ROYCE JONES: Coronavirus infections have spread through 13 residence halls, among them, B117, a more infectious and perhaps deadlier variant of the virus, increasing concerns among University leaders who today are telling students to shelter in place beginning at 9:00 PM.

And that shelter in place period will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. New at 6:00, we're speaking specifically about how this is going to impact students. For now, reporting live, Royce Jones, KDKA News.