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Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Updates for April 24

News from April 24, 2020

Here are EHRS's COVID-19 safety information updates and changes for the week.

Contact Tracing

Because of the high numbers of COVID-19 cases, Philadelphia's Public Health Department has temporarily suspended its role in contact tracing.  EHRS is performing contact tracing for Penn essential personnel who are suspected/probable or confirmed of contracting COVID-19.

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) will provide guidance to departments and supervisors in managing these situations. Contact EHRS by calling (215) 898-4453 or emailing

Web Additions

Research Resumption Checklist:  Please share this guidance with your faculty to assist them with planning for Penn's eventual ramp up of research.

Web Page Updates

The following pages were updated to distinguish Surgical Masks intended for medical use and Surgical-Style Masks that are being used to comply with Penn’s Universal Mask Precautions.