College of Medicine pandemic response Friday round-up – week of Nov. 9-13

College of Medicine leaders updated faculty, staff and faculty college students on Nov. 13 regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:


  • Pre-departure Testing for School college students Nov. 17-18
  • Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Obtainable for College and Workers
  • Break and Lunchroom Warning
  • Trip Journey Pointers
  • Lab Functionality Exchange
  • Pupil Wellness Days
  • Harrell Nicely being Sciences Library Trip Hours
  • In Case You Missed It – Hyperlink to Closing Week’s E-mail
  • College of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard

Reminder: This week, we had plenty of conditions of COVID unfold happen in small gatherings amongst faculty college students with out masks (every conditions had been asymptomatic and had been caught all through surveillance testing). You will have to remember you won’t current any indicators and should nonetheless unfold the virus. That’s the reason it is so essential to placed on a masks all the time when spending time with individuals who discover themselves not in your loved ones and maintain social distancing.

Pre-departure Testing for School college students Nov. 17-18: On-site testing will probably be supplied to any College of Medicine scholar who want to be examined for COVID-19 sooner than leaving for Thanksgiving break. On-site testing will probably be supplied on Nov. 17-18 from eight a.m. to 6 p.m. on the School Well being Center foremost well being membership. Registration is now open to schedule an appointment, nonetheless walk-ins are moreover obtainable. Plans for compulsory COVID-19 testing earlier to returning to campus after Thanksgiving and winter trip breaks are being considered and can probably be launched as quickly as finalized. We advocate pre-registering proper right here for testing so we’re in a position to larger accommodate a straightforward circulation of students.

Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Obtainable for College and Workers: The School has extended asymptomatic testing to College of Medicine faculty and staff who’re engaged on campus and wish to be examined. Testing will solely be obtainable to staff who’re listed throughout the School’s Return-to-Work database, which is perhaps achieved by filling out the Return-to-Work Authorization kind. Eligible staff can request as a lot as two voluntary assessments for themselves till mid-January. Employees who wish to participate throughout the voluntary testing program may obtain this by the usage of the subsequent hyperlink. Hershey Medical Center faculty and staff must check with the subsequent hyperlink for guidance.

Break and Lunchrooms: Please prepare elevated warning when consuming lunch in rooms with totally different staff, as all people may be unmasked. When consuming, people ought to maintain larger than 6 ft of bodily distancing and should not sit straight all through from one another at a desk. The small consuming rooms throughout the cafeteria in the intervening time are obtainable for lunch. To liberate home in break and lunchrooms, please stagger lunch/break events or depart the room immediately after you is perhaps accomplished consuming. A working group has been customary to find out additional home for lunch and breaks, with additional knowledge to adjust to.

Trip Journey: As a result of the Thanksgiving and winter breaks are fast approaching, we urge all people to remain vigilant with mask-wearing and bodily distancing whereas touring and in family gatherings. Presently, discussions for testing and quarantine are ongoing. At current, there are usually not any plans to implement a quarantine interval for these faculty and staff who will no plans to implement a quarantine interval for these faculty and staff who will journey domestically, nonetheless we urge extreme warning all through all kinds of journey to attenuate COVID publicity. Worldwide journey may be very discouraged, and the College is simply not financially accountable if faculty, staff or faculty college students cannot regain entry to the U.S. If you happen to occur to elect to journey internationally, a nine-day quarantine interval is required upon your return to your native residence. The journey and quarantine ideas for Penn State Nicely being and College of Medicine had been these days updated.

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Lab Functionality: The College stays partially 4 for evaluation efforts. Although this means we’re at 80% of maximal evaluation functionality, the utmost occupancy in every lab all the time ought to nonetheless adhere to the 150 sq. ft per particular person. Sometimes, as many as four researchers have been seen in some smaller laboratories (300 to 400 sq. ft), which exceeds the aptitude for these labs. College, staff and faculty college students are reminded to strictly adhere to this home protection for everyone’s safety.

Pupil Wellness Days: Graduate faculty college students on the College of Medicine will regulate to School protection on Wellness Days for spring 2021. Wellness days have been acknowledged as Feb. 9, March 11 and April 7. No course instruction is permitted on at the moment, and the expectation is that faculty college students will probably be excused from laboratory evaluation besides there are extenuating circumstances. These faculty college students wishing to proceed their evaluation are positively welcome to take motion. The MD and PA purposes, too, are following the School protection to plan wellness days all by the spring semester instead of a spring break week. The exact days are throughout the technique of being set for each program and can probably be communicated as rapidly as they’re decided.

Harrell Nicely being Sciences Library Trip Hours

The Harrell Nicely being Sciences Library will probably be unstaffed on the subsequent dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29
  • Thursday, Dec. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 3

The library home will nonetheless be accessible by badge entry 24/7 all through these events.

On-line reference service will probably be obtainable Tuesday, Dec. 29, by the use of Thursday, Dec. 31, as common (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) by the use of [email protected]

In case you missed it

Click on on proper right here to view closing week’s Pandemic Response E-mail.

COVID-19 circumstances on campus

The desk below summarizes the number of COVID-19 circumstances amongst our College of Medicine faculty, staff and faculty college students for this earlier week:

College of Medicine statistics


  • Current staff/faculty college students represents the amount who’ve confirmed indicators this week.
  • Entire staff/faculty college students represents the amount who’ve been quarantined or examined constructive for COVID-19 since March 2020 (for staff) or July 2020 (for school college students)