By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – University of Pittsburgh officials announced that a confirmed case of the UK variant of coronavirus has been reported on the Pittsburgh campus.
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According to the university’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office, B.1.1.7 is located on the main campus.
“This variant is more transferable and is likely to lead to an increase in the number of cases,” announced an update from the office on Tuesday.
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Pitt also reported that the five-day moving average of positive cases per day is 4.6. During an earlier update on Friday, officials said coronavirus cases are “spiking” among college students.
Tuesday’s update said the Pittsburgh campus “has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases” after two consecutive weekends where large numbers of students gathered.
The COVID-19 Medical Response Office also said, in order for personal events to be approved, “We need to reverse this trend of cases.”
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The office also announced that the university had received 500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to be distributed to staff on the school’s supervisory, catering, safety and transportation teams eligible for Phase 1A.