Penn COVID-19 Response
The University continues to update public health guidance to reflect changes in COVID-19 positivity rates on campus and in our surrounding communities, including updates to gateway and screening testing for vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, and postdocs; vaccine requirements; and the required use of Penn Open Pass. Read more about these updates in the August 25th note from Penn's senior leadership team to the University community.
Faculty, Postdocs, and Staff
Actions to Keep the Penn Community Healthy
The Penn community should remember that our decisions impact the lives and health of students, classmates, colleagues, and our West Philadelphia neighbors. The following public health measures remain our primary tools to minimize virus transmission:
- getting vaccinated
- wearing a mask while indoors, even if fully vaccinated (see the latest guidance)
- hand washing
- staying home when feeling sick
- completing daily PennOpen Pass symptom checker and exposure reporting
- Taking part in required Penn Cares gateway and screening testing
As part of Penn's comprehensive public health program, hundreds of institutional actions complement these essential individual behaviors, including extra cleaning and ventilation checks in campus buildings – the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety is responsible for a range of campus safety programs including those for COVID-19.
PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker and exposure reporting system designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community.