Levels of Protective Measures


The University is currently operating at Protective Measures Level 1.
 

We are retiring our Campus Alert Levels. Instituted and slightly modified over the past 2 years, they provided the Penn community with public health guidance in a time of great uncertainty about nature of the virus and its trajectory.
 
As the virus evolved, so have the availability of vaccines and treatments. Similarly, public health guidance has also shifted from responding uniquely to positivity rates to considering the severity of COVID-19 and its impact at the community level using hospitalization markers. Similarly, “my mask protects you, your mask protects me,” has now been restated as “my well-fitting, high-quality mask protects me,” based on our improved understanding of how the virus transmits. This paradigm shift emphasizes individual agency as we continue to tackle this public health challenge.
 
It is in this spirit that we are launching new Levels of Protective Measures. Closely mirroring the City of Philadelphia's recommendations, weekly guidance surrounding masking, testing and other facets of campus life will be signaled based on weekly assessments of metrics.

Protective Measures Level 1
Baseline Mitigation Strategies 

This phase of Penn’s campus operations is marked by a limited number of cases on campus with controlled transmission.

Protective measures include:

  • Members of the University community are expected to follow universal public health guidance coming from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), the Commonwealth of PA, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • Twice weekly screening testing is required for those who are unvaccinated (or faculty and staff who have not disclosed their vaccination status) as well as those who are not up to date in their COVID-19 immunizations (i.e., eligible member of the community who have not received a booster).
  • Masking is currently required in classrooms.
  • Indoor masking is always an option in all campus buildings.
  • Masking is required in all healthcare spaces on campus as well as on Penn Transit.
  • Contact tracing findings may trigger targeted protective measures in specific higher risk transmission groups.
  • Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available for all members of the Penn community.

Protective Measures Level 2
Awareness

Penn will move to a state of Awareness if campus conditions suggest increased transmission or case counts.

New additional protective measures, in addition to baseline mitigation strategies, will include:

  • Indoor masking is required in all campus buildings.

Protective Measures Level 3
Caution

Penn will move to a state of Caution if campus conditions suggest a significant increase in transmission or case counts.

New additional mitigation strategies, in addition to Level 2 protective measures, will include:

  • Providing proof of vaccination for all campus activities where food and drink are served.
  • If requiring proof of vaccination is not feasible, we will suspend concessions.
  • Based on transmission patterns, some additional protective measures may be required:
    • Surveillance testing of the entire Penn community  
    • Occupancy limits and/or physical distancing
    • Limits on social gatherings
    • Virtual meetings and virtual rehearsals are encouraged
       

Protective Measures Level 4
Extreme Caution


Penn will move to a state of Extreme Caution if campus conditions suggest an exponential increase in transmission or case counts.

New additional mitigation strategies, in addition to Level 3 protective measures, will include:

  • Required surveillance testing of the entire Penn community resumes.
  • Limits on social gatherings are implemented.
  • Based on transmission patterns, some additional protective measures will be required:
    • Occupancy limits and/or physical distancing
    • Virtual meetings and virtual rehearsals
       


Previously Posted Alert Levels

See previous alert levels for 2021.