The university will continue to provide resources to help contain the spread of COVID-19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As students plan their return to Penn State campuses for the Fall 2022 semester, the university continues to provide resources to help individuals stay safe and healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“While we are largely returning to normal activities, both on our campus and in other aspects of our daily lives, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is still with us and we must take every precaution to avoid contagion and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. said Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi. “The difference at the beginning of the pandemic is that we have the tools and the knowledge to be as safe as possible. Focusing on self-care and making healthy choices are important actions to keep ourselves and our campus communities healthy. We are a One Penn State community and we must all work together to keep each other safe and healthy.

Penn State continues to closely monitor the pandemic at all campuses and stands ready to pivot quickly if conditions worsen and more comprehensive mitigation efforts are required.

COVID-19 testing and vaccines are widely available, and the university continues to provide contact tracing for students and quarantine and isolation rooms on or near campus for students who live on campus.

Mask

  • The university strongly recommends wearing face masks indoors on campus in counties designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having high COVID-19 community scores.
  • Even on campuses in counties with low or medium COVID-19 community levels, the university encourages anyone who wishes to wear a mask indoors on those campuses to continue to do so.
  • Face masks are still required in healthcare facilities and other locations where required by law, including indoors at the College of Medicine, Penn State Health locations, university health services and other on-campus health centers.

vaccinations

  • The University strongly encourages all members of the community to keep up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations – including booster doses – and to share their vaccination status with the University.
  • University Park, Commonwealth Campus, and Dickinson Law students can upload their immunization records through myUHS.
  • In University Park, University Health Services may offer appointments for students to receive their first and second doses (primary series) of the Moderna vaccine, as well as their booster shot. Could there be a phrase aimed at the non-UP campuses? this ignores their presence
  • For students and staff at Commonwealth campuses, local vaccine locations listed through a zip code search can be found online at Vaccines.gov.

Testing

  • Students should take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus with a rapid test at home. If the test is positive, they should stay home and test negative for at least five more days before coming onto a campus.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to source COVID-19 tests at home and bring a supply to campus this fall.
  • Free rapid at-home tests provided by the US government can be ordered online at covidtests.gov. Information on ordering tests for students living at a single address with several unrelated people can be found on the university’s coronavirus information page.
  • Individuals with private health insurance coverage or who are covered by a group health plan are also eligible for up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests, covered by their insurance provider, per month.
  • While COVID-19 tests mailed in can no longer be ordered from Vault Health, individuals who have a supply of previously ordered Vault tests that have not expired can continue to use those tests. The expiration date of the test is stated on the test package.
  • At University Park, students who live on campus or in the local community and are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should schedule testing appointments with University Health Services (UHS) through myUHS.
  • Students residing on or near other Penn State campuses should have symptomatic testing through their campus health services or a local provider.
  • At-home testing is available at University Park for UHS students and upon request at the University Park dorm community desks during regular hours.
  • On Commonwealth campuses, masks and tests are available at on-campus health centers and upon request at Housing and Food Services offices during regular hours.

quarantine and isolation

  • The space available on campus for quarantine and isolation is limited. Dorm students who live near their campus are encouraged to quarantine or isolate at home. On-campus quarantine and isolation rooms will not be provided for students living in off-campus housing.
  • For students who cannot go home a quarantine/isolation room will be provided for quarantine or isolation.
  • non-resident students should be quarantined and/or isolated at home or in their apartment or house, ideally in a place where they can avoid contact with others in their household.
  • The current guidelines on quarantine and isolation can be found on the university’s Corona information page.
  • Employees who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 should notify their immediate manager and isolate at home. Faculty and staff with a positive test result should send an email [email protected] and provide the following information:
    • the date the symptoms began
    • the date of the positive COVID-19 test
    • first day off work
    • Ability to work remotely

when you feel sick

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who suspect they may have been exposed to COVID-19, should not attend classes or participate in other activities. Instead, these students should have symptomatic COVID-19 testing through UHS, their campus health center, or another health care provider. Individuals can self-check daily with the Penn State GO COVID-19 Symptom Checker app.

Students can notify the university of a positive third-party lab test result by submitting the test results through myUHS. Students who test positive with a home test kit can report their positive result by completing the online referral form, indicating the date the test was administered. For more information on reporting positive test results, visit the Coronavirus information page.

Employees who feel sick should stay at home. Employees who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 should notify their immediate manager and isolate at home. Faculty and staff with a positive test result should email [email protected] and provide the following information:

  • the date the symptoms began
  • the date of the positive COVID-19 test
  • first day off work
  • Ability to work remotely

Visit virusinfo.psu.edu for the latest information on COVID-19 at Penn State.

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