Coronavirus Preparedness

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is taking preventative measures to protect the well-being of our community as the coronavirus outbreak continues to be a rapidly changing situation. 

Here you'll see several campus communications regarding the coronavirus and related resources.

March 23, 2020

Dear PTS Community,

I’m writing with a number of updates. I also pray that you and those you love are well.

    • On Friday evening, we shared with you that a member of the PTS community was being tested for COVID-19. The person received the results today, and they did not test positive. The doctor explained that it is possible that the person had COVID-19 and is no longer carrying or infected with the virus. The person’s family members are continuing their self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.
    • This afternoon, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for a number of counties, including Allegheny County. There is no curfew in place, but the order goes into effect at 8:00 this evening and is in effect for two weeks. This order emphasizes that individuals in the county, to the extent possible, should stay at home and distance themselves from others. There is no change to the life-sustaining businesses and waivers that have previously been in place, or to the requirements for restaurants to limit their operations to take-out and delivery. The Governor’s office will be issuing more guidelines but says people should only leave the house if absolutely necessary. Grocery stores and pharmacies will still be open.
    • As of this evening, the Seminary is only open to those deemed essential during this time—IT and facilities. No one else will be able to access campus, even to drop off/pick up items. Limited mail service will continue. Those needing to access the mailroom must follow the previously shared procedure.
    • Faculty and staff will be working at home through at least April 6 (two weeks from today’s stay-at-home order).
    • The Seminary will continue to provide essential support to residents in campus housing.
    • You must stay in your homes unless not leaving your home endangers a life.
    • Practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly.
    • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces in your home.
    • Stay at least six feet from others if you must go out.

As new information becomes available, I’ll be in touch.

With prayers for health and God’s peace,

David Esterline, President

Previous Messages

Health Care Tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists, and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
  • Stay home when you are ill. A day or two of rest will assure quicker recovery and decrease the spread of infectious illness on campus.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm, and then promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Get plenty of rest/sleep.
  • Get the seasonal flu vaccine. Though not protective against coronavirus, the seasonal vaccine may prevent against flu, which is known to cause possible severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms for Coronavirus May Include

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being ill

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. Check resources from the CDC about best ways to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 in your community.