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

Resources for a Safe and Healthy Campus

January 10, 2022

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

Before You Return 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. 
  • Use PennOpen Pass daily symptom tracking. Enroll at at https://pennopen.med.upenn.edu.
  • Check the latest University public health announcements at coronavirus.upenn.edu
  • 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.

Mask and Face Covering Guidance

All members of the Penn community in campus buildings are required to double mask (layering a cloth mask on top of a disposable mask) or to wear a KN95 or N95 mask.

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

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.

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

    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 Travel Information

    Travel Guidelines and Procedures

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

    Penn Abroad

    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.