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The University of Pittsburgh has classes scheduled to start next week, but is telling students to stay where they are, and not travel to campus until at least the last week in January.

“We continue to recommend that you remain where you are currently residing,” said a letter from the university. Classes will start online and may shift — at some point — to face-to-face.

“To aid in planning, Pitt will provide notice at least two weeks before we advise that you travel to our campuses. Accordingly, the very earliest we will advise that you travel is sometime in the final week of January, and all Pitt students — whether or not you live in university housing — should not travel to the area prior to this time,” the letter said. — Scott Jaschik Jan. 8, 6:26 a.m.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released today, compared the rates of COVID-19 exposure in counties with large universities with remote instruction and with in-person instruction. “U.S. counties with large colleges or universities with remote instruction (n = 22) experienced a 17.9 percent decrease in incidence and university counties with in-person instruction (n […]

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