University continues to provide resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 | Penn State University

University continues to provide resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 |  Penn State University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – As students plan their return to the Pennsylvania State campus for the fall 2022 semester, the university continues to provide resources to help individuals stay safe and healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“As we largely return to normal activities, both on our campus and in other aspects of our daily lives, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is still with us and we must all take precautions to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19,” Pennsylvania President Neely said. Bandabody.” What is different from the start of the pandemic is that we have the tools and knowledge to be as safe as possible. Focusing on self-care and making healthy decisions are important actions to keep ourselves and our campus communities healthy. We are the Pennsylvania community, and it will take all of us to work together to keep us all safe and healthy.”

Penn State continues to closely monitor the pandemic at all university sites and is prepared to turn quickly if conditions worsen and more comprehensive mitigation measures are necessary.

COVID-19 tests and vaccines are widely available and the university continues to provide contact tracing for students as well as quarantine on or near campus and isolation space for students who live on campus.

mask

  • The university strongly recommends the wearing of face masks on campus in counties designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for high community levels of COVID-19.
  • Even on campuses in counties with low or moderate community levels of COVID-19, the university encourages anyone who wishes to wear a mask indoors at these campuses to continue to do so.
  • Face masks will continue to be needed at facilities that provide health care and at other locations required by law, including within the medical school, Penn State health sites, university health services and other campus health care centers.

Vaccines

  • The University strongly encourages all members of the community to stay up to date on their vaccinations against the Coronavirus – including booster doses – and to share their vaccination status with the University.
  • Students at University Park, Commonwealth Campus and Dickinson Law can upload their immunization records through myUHS.
  • At University Park, University Health Services can provide appointments for students to receive the first and second (initial series) doses of the Moderna vaccine in addition to the booster dose.
  • For students and staff on Commonwealth campuses, the locations of the local vaccine sites listed can be found by searching the zip code online at Vaccines.gov.

Tests

  • Students must take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus with a quick home test. If they test positive, they must stay home for at least five more days and test negative before coming to campus.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to purchase at-home COVID-19 tests and bring supplies with them to campus this fall.
  • Free at-home rapid tests offered by the US government are available to order online at covidtests.gov. Information about ordering tests for students who live with multiple unrelated individuals is available at one address on the university’s coronavirus information site.
  • Individuals who have private health insurance coverage or who are covered by a group health plan are also eligible to get up to eight covered at-home COVID-19 tests by their insurance provider per month.
  • While COVID-19 tests can no longer be ordered by mail from Vault Health, individuals with a stock of pre-ordered Vault tests that have not expired can continue to use these tests. Test expiry dates are indicated on the test packaging.
  • At University Park, students who live on campus or in the local community who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 must make test appointments with University Health Services (UHS) via myUHS.
  • Students who live on or near another campus in Pennsylvania should seek symptom testing through campus health services or their local provider.
  • At University Park, at-home tests are available to students at UHS and on-demand in the University Park Residence Hall’s shared offices during regular business hours.
  • On the Commonwealth campus, masks and tests are available at campus health centers and on request at housing and food services offices during normal business hours.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Campus space available for quarantine and isolation is limited. Dormitory students who live close to campus are encouraged to self-quarantine or isolate at home. Quarantine and isolation space will not be provided on-campus for students who live in off-campus housing.
  • For resident students who are unable to return home For isolation or isolation, space for quarantine/isolation will be provided.
  • Non-resident students They should quarantine and/or isolate at home, in their apartment or home, ideally in a place where they can avoid contact with others in their home.
  • The latest guidelines on quarantine and isolation can be found on the university’s coronavirus information website.
  • Employees who display symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 should notify their immediate supervisor and isolate at home. Faculty and staff with a positive test result should send an email psuoccmed@psu.edu And provide the following information:
    • Symptoms start date
    • History of positive test for COVID-19
    • The first day of lost work
    • The ability to work remotely

If you feel sick

Students with symptoms of COVID-19, or those who are concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19, should not go to class or participate in other activities. Instead, these students should seek a symptomatic COVID-19 test through the UHS, on-campus health center, or other health care provider. Individuals can self-check daily using the Penn State GO COVID-19 Symptom Checker app.

Students may notify the university of a positive third-party lab test result by submitting the test results through myUHS. Students who test positive using the home test kit can report their positive result by completing the online referral form, making sure to include the date the test was taken. More information on how to report positive test results can be found on the Coronavirus Information website.

Employees who feel sick should stay home. Employees who display symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 should notify their immediate supervisor and isolate at home. Faculty and staff with a positive test result should send an email to psuoccmed@psu.edu and provide the following information:

  • Symptoms start date
  • History of positive test for COVID-19
  • The first day of lost work
  • The ability to work remotely

Visit virusinfo.psu.edu for the latest information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

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