Penn's Coronavirus COVID-19 Page
Visit coronavirus.upenn.edu, the University’s dedicated coronavirus COVID-19 Wellness web page, for the latest updates for returning to campus.

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Coronavirus Health and Safety

Workplace Resources for a Safe Return to Campus

June 24, 2021

As conditions change, this page may be updated at the discretion of the Provost and the Executive Vice President.

If you feel ill, please do not report to work.
Working while you are sick can endanger community health.

Complete the PennOpen Pass symptom check and follow the instructions provided, which may include self-isolation and COVID-19 testing.

Return to Campus Announcement

We are very pleased to announce that Penn will be fully reopening campus for the fall semester, while continuing to be guided by best practices in public health. After 15 months of masking and physical distancing, rearranging your lives to perform work under challenging circumstances, and vaccinating against COVID-19, Penn now has the lowest rate of COVID-19 in over a year. Penn’s low positivity rate is but one component of the broader slowdown of COVID-19 cases in our region and, as of June 11, the City of Philadelphia removed capacity restrictions on our facilities and related occupancy. The safety and wellness of our Penn community are of utmost importance, and this message is intended as a resource guide to help you return to campus with confidence over the next few weeks and months.

Read the full announcement at coronavirus.upenn.edu.

Vaccination Status and Return to Campus

On June 1, the University announced the vaccination requirement for faculty, staff, and postdocs, as well as for students. Beginning July 1, and in accordance with the latest Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance, fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral trainees will no longer be required to participate in weekly Penn Cares COVID-19 screening testing.

Read the full announcement at coronavirus.upenn.edu.

On-Campus Work

Before You Return to Campus

  • Upload Your Vaccine Record in Workday. Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and post-docs who enter their vaccination record in Workday are exempt from Penn Cares weekly testing starting July 1, 2021. New hires, those returning from leaves of absence, and those who become fully vaccinated should update their records as soon as possible..
  • Communicate with your supervisor. If you have not resumed on-campus work, your school or center leadership will continue to inform you about preparations for your return to campus.
  • Review the latest University announcements at coronavirus.upenn.edu. 
  • Read the Return to Campus Guide for Faculty and Staff for details.
  • Enroll in PennOpen Pass daily symptom tracking at https://pennopen.med.upenn.edu.
    We share a collective responsibility to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community.

Mask and Face Covering Guidance

As of June 11, those who are fully vaccinated are only required to wear masks indoors in the following settings:

  • If you are a student in quarantine or isolation living with other people, also known as congregate settings, you are required to wear a mask indoors in your residence.
  • Those who are with children under the age of 12, such as a school, camp, or childcare setting.
  • Inside healthcare settings, including all Penn Medicine facilities.
  • On public transportation, including Penn Transit.

Being fully vaccinated means that it has been two weeks since the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Minors and those participating in summer camps are still required to wear masks while on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Visit https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/content/public-health-guidance for the latest updates.

Visit the Penn EHRS website for details on  mask and PPE Guidance for Lab Personnel.

Workplace and Home Precautions

Penn’s health and wellness community encourages everyone to take the following general precautions at work, home, and in your neighborhood:

Depending on the environment and your role, your school or center facility may have additional requirements. For further advice, contact your supervisor or Penn EHRS.

Use good hand hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially  after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Stop the spread of germs:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cups, vapes/JUULs, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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Stay home if you are feeling sick:

    • If you are not feeling better after 24 hours, seek medical attention.

      "Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19."--CDC
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    Human Resources-related Guidance for Supervisors and Staff

    Penn Sources

    Guidance for Managers on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    COVID-19 Sick Time and Leave Guidance

    Penn Human Resources Policy Manual

    Penn Health Insurance and COVID-19

    Other Guides for Higher Education

    OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 and Worker Safety

    What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus (EEOC)

    Office for Civil Rights Bulletin on HIPAA Privacy and COVID

    American College Health Association's Brief and Resources

    Penn Department Websites

    Travel Guidelines and Procedures

    Register Your Trip – Register your Penn-affiliated trip to keep you connected to Penn resources

    Penn Abroad

    Campus Health Coronavirus Disease Updates Page

    Penn's COVID-19 Task Force

    A University-wide task force has been charged with reviewing—and updating as needed—our existing pandemic planning procedures. It is led by Dr. Benoit Dubé, Chief Wellness Officer, and Michael Fink, Deputy Chief for Tactical and Emergency Readiness of the Penn Police, working with experts across campus and coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies.