Pitt to limit info on coronavirus tests

The University of Pittsburgh plans to release weekly updates regarding the number of students or faculty/staff who tested positive for COVID-19 and were on campus in the previous 14 days, an athletic department spokesperson confirmed Sunday.

Those updates will be published every Friday.

The most recent update indicates five students and one faculty/staff member having confirmed coronavirus cases. According to the university website, those with confirmed cases are isolating in a designated campus location with medical support or oversight or at an off-campus until they recover.

"The university is releasing this information in the interest of public health and safety, while maintaining the privacy of individuals who are affected," the website reads. "Accordingly, we will not be providing additional information regarding those individuals whom we are aware have tested positive."

That means if a member of the Pitt football team or any of the university's athletic teams tests positive for COVID-19, the information will remain private, per university policy.

DKPittsburghSports.com has confirmed the athletic department was not involved in making the policy.

Contact tracing will be performed for each case possibly affecting campus with those spending more than 15 minutes within six feet of individuals with positive tests being notified. Contacts deemed at risk will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The number does not include cases for students and faculty/staff who tested positive but have not been on campus in the past 14 days nor does it include those with positive tests who recovered.

Some college athletic teams are releasing information about the number of positive tests while keeping names private. Clemson has had 37 players with positive tests. Texas Tech on Friday reported 23 positive test results between players and members of its football staff. Two have yet to recover. LSU, Kansas State, Texas and West Virginia are among those who also reported positive tests.

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