Penn State community urged to continue to follow COVID public health guidelines

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As COVID-19 cases rise again in Pennsylvania and across the country, Penn State is urging its campus communities to continue taking precautions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested for the disease and self-isolate until they receive their test results. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, people who test positive should self-isolate for at least five days. On the sixth day, people who do not have a fever, whose symptoms disappear and who test negative can leave isolation. People who continue to test positive should self-isolate for at least 10 days.

“It’s a celebratory time of the year at Penn State, with gatherings like Movin’ On and festivities around the start and end of the academic year. To help keep our community safe and healthy health, people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should refrain from participating in these activities,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones. “I know we we all want to be part of these celebrations, but we must continue to be vigilant and take the appropriate precautions to protect each other.”

CDC guidelines recommend that people who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and who are not up to date on their vaccinations should quarantine for at least five days and then get tested. for COVID-19. They should watch for symptoms for 10 days. Exposed people who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask around others and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. People can choose to mask themselves at any time. Masks are recommended on domestic public transport and may be required in other locations by local or national authorities.

Symptomatic employees should stay home and are encouraged to make an appointment with their health care provider for testing.

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend classes or other activities and seek symptomatic testing from a local university or healthcare provider. At University Park, students living on campus or in the local community who have symptoms of COVID-19 should schedule testing appointments with University Health Services (UHS) through myUHS. Students living on or near other Penn State campuses should seek symptomatic testing through their campus health services or local provider.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for University Park students, faculty and staff is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until May 13 at the Employee and Student Testing Center at 101 North Atherton Street. Operated in partnership with Vault Health, the testing site offers rapid tests and a limited number of PCR tests. On-site parking is available but limited.

On other Penn State campuses, student tests will continue to be distributed by the student health center or designated office. Students can check online to find out how to get and take a test on their campus. Students are no longer able to order PCR tests online through Vault Health and are encouraged to use test kits they previously ordered.

As a reminder, free rapid home tests provided by the US government can be ordered online at covidtests.gov and vaccine locations can be found at vaccines.gov.

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