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

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Coronavirus Health and Safety

Resources for a Safe and Healthy Campus

January 3, 2023

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

You can always check the FAQs on Penn's coronavirus website for details about updated COVID-19 guidance.


PennOpen Pass Discontinued
Effective August 8, the PennOpen Pass symptom check for the University community will no longer be used nor required to access campus buildings. It will not be available for any other purposes.
If you feel ill, please do not report to work.
Working while you are sick can endanger community health.

Levels of Protective Measures Replacing Campus Alert Levels

Penn is replacing Campus Alert Levels with new Levels of Protective Measures. Closely mirroring the Response Levels of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, this weekly guidance on masking, testing, and other facets of campus life will be communicated based on the city’s weekly assessments. 

For weekly Levels of Protective Measures updates, visit Penn's COVID-19 Dashboard.

Before You Arrive on Campus

  • Self-test at home. Individuals who are new or returning to campus for the Fall Semester are strongly encouraged to perform a COVID-19 at-home test before coming to campus. 
  • Upload Your Vaccine Record in Workday. Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and post-docs can enter their booster vaccination record in Workday. New hires, those returning from leaves of absence, and those who become fully vaccinated should update their records as soon as possible.

    Consistent with Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance, the University requires all faculty, staff and postdocs to be fully vaccinated, except for those with medical or religious exemptions. 
  • Check the latest University public health announcements at
  • 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.
  • Check the University's FAQs. Use this resource for any questions you have. They will be updated throughout the year. 

PennCares Testing and Masking

  • There is no requirement for individuals to test on campus. Whether you are vaccinated, unvaccinated, not yet fully vaccinated, or have an exemption, you are not required to test.

    The University will continue to provide PennCares testing at 3734 Spruce Street for members of the Penn Community who are symptomatic or have recently been exposed. The testing center also now offers at-home antigen tests. For information on the PennCares Testing program or to schedule a test, visit

    Employees who test positive for COVID-19 after taking an at-home test or at a testing location offered through the Penn Cares Testing program will be eligible for COVID Sick Pay if they are unable to work remotely and if they notify the Penn Cares contact tracing team via email at or at 215-898-0300. Staff members who test positive should follow regular call-out procedures if they are unable to work remotely during the isolation period.

    Consistent with current CDC guidelines, employees must isolate for five days following a positive COVID-19 test result, followed by five days of strict mask use. The Penn Cares contact tracing team is available to provide additional guidance such as assistance with clinical care or advice about contact tracing and notification of close contacts. By submitting information to the Penn Cares contract tracing team, staff are certifying that the information they provide is correct. For information about the new COVID-19 guidance, please review the FAQs at

  • Masks are recommended in indoor public settings for individuals with underlying medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe disease. As classes begin, instructors have the option to require masking in their classrooms and teaching spaces. This should be communicated in the course syllabus. 

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.

Outdoor Dining: The Safest Option

Indoor food service for those with proof of vaccination is permitted in the City of Philadelphia. However, eating remains one of the higher risk activities for disease transmission, especially indoors. Social distancing when eating is paramount when dining indoors. Outdoor eating and drinking remain the safest option for everyone.

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.
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    Human Resources-related Guidance for Supervisors and Staff

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

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    American College Health Association's Brief and Resources

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    Travel Guidelines and Procedures

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