COVID-19 Information: Recent Communications
- February 25: On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Services
I am writing to share information about RMU’s enhanced availability for on-campus COVID-19 testing for the remainder of this semester.
VOLUNTARY COVID-19 ANTIGEN TEST
Beginning Monday, February 28, the MyHealth@School Center will be offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who are asymptomatic and wish to be tested on a voluntary basis – for example, those returning back to campus after travel, or for students attending large events or family gatherings. We do recommend that all students traveling during the upcoming Spring Break consider this opportunity to be tested before you depart and after your return to campus.
Please contact the MyHealth@School Center by phone at 412-397-6220 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. - Noon at our alternate testing location in the Franklin Center lobby. Please be advised that masking will be required at the testing location.
SYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 TESTING
Our clinical staff will continue to provide testing at Jefferson Center for community members with COVID-19 symptoms and those that have been identified as a close contact to a positive case. If you experience symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 testing results, or have tested positive for the virus, you are reminded that you must contact the MyHealth@School Center at (412) 397-6220 during business hours to receive the appropriate medical guidance.
Again, we thank you for your continued efforts to keep yourself and the campus community healthy, and we are pleased to be able to now offer this voluntary testing schedule to you.
Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
- February 23: Updated Masking Policy
Thanks to your diligence and hard work, we have a high COVID-19 vaccination rate and a low transmission rate on the Robert Morris University campus. We are also seeing a rapidly declining number of cases throughout our region and across the nation. In light of these positive trends, we are making some changes to our COVID-19 policies.
UPDATED MASKING POLICY
Subject to limited exceptions, RMU will no longer require masks to be worn indoors or outdoors effective March 2, 2022. We are asking that all members of the campus community continue to carry a mask at all times, because there will be situations, outlined below, in which you will be asked to wear one:
- Any faculty member may require students to wear masks in their classrooms, laboratories, and/or offices, and students must comply with that request.
- Masks must be worn at all times in the MyHealth@School Center and while completing any COVID-19 testing.
- Masks must be worn in the Counseling Center, including when students meet with a counselor.
- Masks must be worn on the Yorktown Hall shuttle.
- All students, faculty, and staff may request that anyone who meets with them wear a mask, and in the spirit of community and cooperation, we expect everyone to comply with such a request.
- Anyone who prefers to continue to wear a mask should feel free and comfortable to do so.
- We strongly recommend that all visitors to campus continue to wear masks indoors.
We have arrived at this decision after careful consideration and in consultation with UPMC, our campus health care provider. It takes into account the high vaccination rates among students, faculty, and staff; the low rate of transmission during the spring semester and our overall success in managing the virus to date; and current conditions nationwide. The university reserves the right to amend this new policy as conditions with the virus change.
CONTINUED MITIGATION AND TESTING
We ask that you continue to take common sense precautions. First and foremost, we urge you to get vaccinated against Covid-19 if you have not already done so, and to get the booster if you are eligible. (Click here for booster guidelines.) You can schedule an appointment online through UPMC, Giant Eagle, Rite Aid, CVS, Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and many other independently owned pharmacies.
If you experience symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 testing results, or have tested positive for the virus you must contact the MyHealth@School Center at (412) 397-6220 during business hours to receive the appropriate medical guidance. At other times, students are advised to contact their own medical provider or the UPMC Anywhere Care App -- Virtual Urgent Care, then call the MyHealth@School Center on the next business day. Residential students should be in contact with the department’s on-call personnel during evenings or weekends via phone at 412-397-5242.
The MyHealth@School will continue to provide COVID-19 testing on the campus for community members with COVID-19 symptoms and those that have been identified as a close contact to a positive case. Additionally, beginning Monday, February 28, testing will also be available for individuals who are asymptomatic and wish to be tested on a voluntary basis – for example, those preparing to return home from break or those returning from travel. Please contact the MyHealth@School Center for instructions and further details. As always, we will post updates to rmu.edu/coronavirus.
Thank you for your efforts, and stay healthy!
Mary Ann Rafoth, Ph.D.