A Message to the Penn Community: Increase in Positivity on Campus
November 30, 2021
As we return to campus, we are strongly encouraging all students, faculty, staff, and postdocs to take part in screening testing immediately upon their return – especially those who have travelled or attended large social gatherings over the Thanksgiving break. Our COVID-19 positivity rate on campus and in our surrounding communities has increased over the last week, and early detection will allow us to avoid additional widespread positivity on campus. Schedule your COVID-19 screening test by visiting covidscheduling.upenn.edu.
This rise in positivity on campus occurs as we are seeing the emergence of Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant recently designated as a variant of concern by the WHO. We are closely watching the national and regional trends to track Omicron positivity and will make changes to our guidance as necessary in consultation with public health agencies.
Together, we can help to avoid a heightened risk to those on campus by following all required public health guidance. It is imperative that we continue to complete daily symptom checks through PennOpen Pass and stay home if we have any symptoms. Continued masking and limited social gathering remain our most effective tools to minimize transmission. Additionally, Penn is planning a vaccine booster clinic in the coming weeks, and more information is forthcoming.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work together to keep the University and our surrounding communities healthy.
In good health,
Penn’s COVID-19 Response Team