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Campus Alert Levels & Metrics

This section contains information on campus operational alert levels, how Chatham is assessing campus risk and key metrics being tracked on the COVID Campus Dashboard.

Campus Operational Alert Levels

Leading up to and during the 2020-21 academic year, Chatham will use Alert Levels to describe our state of readiness, preparedness and campus operations with respect to COVID-19. The Alert Level the University is currently operating in will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the fall term.   

Chatham is currently operating at the RAISED alert level. Read the 10.23 Campus Announcement for details.

Below is the matrix of Campus Alert Levels and corresponding changes to campus operations.

Alert Level

Campus Operations

Normal

Campus operating normally

Guarded

Housing
Residence Halls and apartments open with health & safety protocols 

Academics
Classes, research and labs running primarily in-person (some limited virtual offerings) with health and safety protocols in place 

Workplace
Employees are on campus with health & safety protocols and limited remote work

Events 
Outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings under health & safety protocols plus group size limits

Buildings 
Buildings are open with shared spaces operating under health & safety protocols plus occupancy limits 

Raised

Housing
Residence Halls and apartments open with occupancy reductions, isolation/quarantine policies and health & safety protocols in place

Academics
A mix of in-person and virtual classes, research and labs running with health and safety protocols in place for in-person 

Workplace
Critical campus services employees are on campus with expanded remote work 

Events
No public events with outdoor and indoor gatherings under health & safety protocols plus group limits (50 for outdoor; 25 for indoor) 

Buildings
Buildings are open with shared spaces operating under health & safety protocols plus occupancy limits 

High

Housing
Residence Halls and apartments isolating in place or possibly closed to residents except by specific exemption 

Academics
All classes, labs and research virtual or online except by specific exemption

Workplace
Critical campus services employees are on campus with remote work for all others 

Events
No events on campus 

Buildings
Most buildings are closed except for essential services and access 


Alert Level Decision Metrics

The decision to transition to the highest Level of Alert (High Alert), necessitating the transition from mostly face-to-face (f2f) to mostly virtual learning, can be made in two ways:

  • First, Chatham would transition to High Alert if required to do so by any governing local, state or federal authorities. 
  • Second, and apart from the being required to do so by local, state, or federal authorities, Chatham may decide to transition to High Alert based on the same metrics or considerations used in determining whether a heightened or lowered Alert Level is warranted. In moving to High Alert, the issue becomes balancing metrics concerning disease prevalence against metrics concerning Chatham’s (and the County’s) ability to contain the disease.  In other words, the “tipping point” in moving from Raised to High Alert is not a set number of cases but, rather, Chatham’s ability to contain an outbreak without being overwhelmed.

Sometimes Chatham may be able to avoid having to increase the Alert Level through targeted interventions (e.g., transitioning to virtual learning for a short period of time, not permanently, to bring the level of infection down, or isolating specific individuals or groups).  In determining whether to move up to a higher Alert Level, Chatham will first determine whether it is possible to avoid doing so through targeted actions that ensure the safety of the campus community as a whole, before transitioning to a higher Alert Level if it is not possible to do so or if the targeted interventions do not improve in a timely manner the overall health and safety of the campus community.   

Decisions to transition from one Level to another, either “up” (i.e., to a higher Level) or “down” (to a lower Alert Level), will be made by consulting a number of metrics which the University will track on a weekly basis.

Metrics
Rising
Decreasing
Significant increases of evidence that the Chatham community is disregarding physical distancing and PPE requirements Significant decreases of evidence that the Chatham community is disregarding physical distancing and PPE requirements
Significant increases in COVID-19 transmissions on campus, occurring at a greater rate than in Allegheny County Significant decreases in COVID-19 transmissions on campus, occurring at a greater rate than in Allegheny County
Significant increases in positive COVID-19 tests on campus Significant decreases in positive COVID-19 tests on campus
Significant increase in % of cases linked to other known cases on campus Significant decrease in % of cases linked to other known cases on campus
Insufficient rooms to manage the number of in-residence students requiring quarantine or self-isolation Sufficient rooms to manage the number of in-residence students requiring quarantine or self-isolation
Insufficient availability of COVID-19 testing by Chatham or local/state public health authorities, due to logistics, supply chain or other reason Sufficient availability of COVID-19 testing by Chatham or local/state public health authorities, due to logistics, supply chain or other reason
Significant increases in COVID-19 transmissions within Allegheny County Significant decreases in COVID-19 transmissions within Allegheny County
Insufficient hospital capacity within Allegheny County to treat patients who've tested positive for COVID-19 Sufficient hospital capacity within Allegheny County to treat patients who've tested positive for COVID-19
Federal, state, and local requirements Federal, state, and local requirements